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It’s almost time for Tricks and Treats. We love to see all the little ghouls and goblins out on the prowl, but we want to make sure that they are safe. Despite all the horror stories of our youth about tainted candy and other tricks, those urban legends are just that, but what does pose an actual risk to our children on Halloween are pedestrian accidents such as stumbles in the dark and traffic incidents.

Here are our top tips on how to be safe and have fun on the spookiest night of the year!

A Scary Site!

When it comes to being safe on Halloween it is important that your child can easily be seen and see easily. That starts with the costumes that you choose.

  1. Make sure that wigs and masks do not obstruct the vision of your child.
  2. If trick or treating in the dark, your child should wear something reflective. Consider giving them a glow stick, light up necklace or putting reflective tape on their costumes and bags.
  3. Assure that your child’s costume fits well, and that all accessories do not pose a falling risk.

Candy Collection Caution!

  • All young children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Adults should carry flashlights.
  • Remain on well lit streets and never cut across alleys or yards.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.
  • Do not cross between parked cars or out of driveways.
  • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!

Teen Tricksters!

We love our independent teens, but before they leave the house make sure that you establish a safety protocol.

  • All teens should carry a phone with them. You might even consider using a family phone tracking device if you do not already do so. Make sure that your child is aware that the app in on their phone and that you may use it.
  • Plan and review a route that is acceptable to you.
  • Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Make sure that they know to only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

Halloween should be about more treats (in moderation that is) than tricks, so let’s keep it safe! For more handy tips, check out this great link from the CDC!