Halloween can be known as a scary time of year, but it’s also a time for fun costumes and delicious treats! Scaring should always be good-natured and not pose any real threats. The best Halloween is a safe Halloween. ?
Below are safety tips to make sure you and your family have a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience.
? Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
? Make sure that shoes fit well, and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement, or contact with flame.
? Avoid any sharp or long swords, canes, or sticks as a costume accessory. Your child can easily be hurt by these accessories if he or she stumbles or trips.
On the trick-or-treat trail
? Always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you.
? For older children going alone agree on a specific time when they should return home and get flashlights with batteries for everyone.
? Only go to homes with a porch light on.
? Never enter a home or car for a treat. Notify law enforcement authorities immediately about of any suspicious or unlawful activity
? Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost or is prone to wander & make sure they carry a cell phone for quick communication.
? Before you let older teens drive on Halloween, take proper precaution and set specific rules. You can have them read and sign a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement by clicking HERE. This pledge means they fully understand the adult responsibility of driving on Halloween and can strengthen communication.
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