To make the most of your Halloween, use the following safety tips to ensure an enjoyable experience for you and your child.
Costume Safety. Choose costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to avoid tripping. Always carry a flashlight with fresh batteries to light the way for children and escorts.
Safety on the Trick or Treat Trail. Young children should be accompanied by parents or a responsible adult, while older children going alone should have a route and a specific time when they should return home. Encourage your children to abide by regular rules of walking around, such as crossing at intersections and designated crosswalks to avoid accidents. Lastly, only visit homes that have a porch light on, as not everyone celebrates Halloween.
Treat Distribution. Replace any outdoor burned-out bulbs and remove any obstacles such as garden hoses, toys, bikes or lawn decorations that could cause a child to trip. Have your treats ready by the door so you don't need to look for them when trick-or-treaters arrive. Keep pets away from the front door so they do not jump or bite a trick-or-treater.
Healthy Halloween. Having a good meal prior to trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from eating along the trick-or-treat trail. All candy should be inspected. Throw out any candy that appears to have been tampered with or that is not in its original wrapper. Small, hard candy should be removed, as it can be a choking hazard to small children.