Trick-or-Treating Safety

The big day has finally arrived – Halloween! (cue dramatic music) You’re probably busy getting the kids ready with last minute costume preparations, face makeup and finding the best pillowcase for the haul of candy from the neighborhood, but don’t forget about safety!

There are several things you should keep in mind before heading out on the streets for trick-or-treating. Make sure that your child’s costume is fitted to avoid tripping and falling. if it’s a dark costume apply reflective tape or carry flashing lights to help drivers see you. Walk, DON’T RUN on the sidewalks between houses. Travel in groups and always look both ways before crossing the street. Watch out for lighted candles or luminaries. Visit homes that are well lit and ready for trick-or-treaters and ONLY enter a home if you are with a trusted adult. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather, even though you will get an “Awe mom, I don’t want to wear my coat!” from your little ghost or devil.

After you make it through the trick-or-treating (YAY!) you may be tired (warm cozy bed…here I come), but be sure to inspect the candy for any hazards (ooh…this peanut butter cup looks suspicious I better taste it to see) and discard any suspect candies. When you keep safety in mind and show your little goblins it can be done, you will be sure to have a Safe and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Trick or Treating will run from 4PM – 7PM in most towns. Be sure to check with your city for times and guidelines.