Tips for parents and trick-or-treaters:
- Don't allow your child(ren) to go Trick or Treating alone. In most situations there’s often safety in numbers so make sure older children Trick or Treat with a large group of friends. An adult should always accompany young children.
- Have your child stick to familiar neighborhoods.
- Only visit homes that are well-lit and look welcoming (i.e. decorated for the occasion).
- Don't enter any home without prior permission from parents.
- Avoid isolated, dark, or otherwise scary areas and if possible, avoid Trick or Treating after dark altogether especially if your neighborhood is not well lit.
- Plan a route before Trick or Treating and make sure that others know where you’re going to be.
- Always have your child carry a cell phone.
- Make sure to have a flashlight, glow stick and/or reflective clothing.
- Abide to curfews. Most towns now have curfews on in place for your child's safety on Halloween. If not, make sure to have your own reasonable curfew in place for your child.
- Always inspect your child's candy. Discard candy with torn wrappers, that aren't commercially wrapped (i.e. homemade goods, etc), anything that looks as it have may have been tampered with.
- Make sure your child's costume fits properly to prevent accidents such as tripping.
- Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
- With Halloween masks, make sure that children can see and breathe easily.
- All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.
What tips do you have for keeping kids safe on Halloween?
"Crime Prevention: Know the Rules....Safety Tips for Halloween." http://www.troopers.ny.gov/ n.d. October 2012 <http://www.troopers.ny.gov/Crime_Prevention/Halloween_Safety/Halloween_Safety_Tips/>
"Halloween Safety Tips A Night For Treats, Not Tragedies." http://complianceandsafety.com/ n.p. 2012. October 2012 <http://complianceandsafety.com/safety-tips/halloween-safety-tips.php>