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Happy Halloween! Have Fun but Stay Safe.

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.

Costumes

🎃 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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