This is a wonderful time of year, and with the October season, many children are excited to go trick-or-treating. As the night draws closer and children are picking their costumes, here are a few things to remember to keep everyone safe.
- Mind where you are walking. Be sure to use sidewalks, driveways, and paths while trick-or-treating. Also, cross the street at the corner or on a crosswalk.
- Carry a cell phone. Not only can you call the authorities or emergency services (if needed), but the flashlight feature can help if you go into a darker area.
- Make sure kids are visible. Put a light or reflective tape on their costumes and have them carry a glow stick or flashlight.
- Feed kids first. To keep kids from hitting the candy before they get home, give them a snack or dinner beforehand. Also, before kids start eating their candy, check it out to make sure it is safe.
- Don’t lose the dog. If you bring along the family pet, use a leash and collar with ID.
- Drive extra carefully. If you drive, stay super alert and go extra slow through neighborhoods to ensure you don’t hit a child or family pet.
- Have ground rules. If your child is old enough to go trick-or-treating without you, agree on the route and make sure it only goes through familiar neighborhoods. Also, have them carry a cell phone.
- Go over stranger dangers. Remind kids they must never get into a stranger’s car. Tell them to scream loudly and run if someone stops and asks for help or offers them candy.
- Don’t forget to have fun. Halloween is all about having fun and enjoying time trick-or-treating. This year, make the most of the holiday with these fun ideas.
This information was provided by Danene Strand.