Choose light or bright colored costumes and use light reflective tape.
Wear make-up instead of a mask, or cut large eyeholes in masks to keep from restricting vision.
Toy weapons, wands and brooms made of paper or cardboard are safer than plastic, wood or metal ones.
Put the child’s name, address and phone number in the inside of their costume in case of an accident or lost child.
Children should wear comfortable shoes; poor-fitting shoes are uncomfortable and may cause a fall.
Trick or Treat bags should not be too large; they can obscure vision or cause your child to trip.
Make sure wigs and costumes are fire proof.
SAFE TRICK OR TREATING:
Travel with and adult.
Eat a full meal prior to going out, and don’t eat treats until a parent has checked them out.
Parents should know what route is planned.
Visit only homes in your neighborhoods that are well-lighted.
Never enter a home.
Carry a flashlight or glow stick.
Cross streets at corners, never from between two vehicles.
When crossing a street, STOP and LOOK both ways before crossing streets and LISTEN.
Walk on the sidewalk or facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
Watch for cars backing out of or driving into driveways.
GIVE THOSE TREATS A SAFETY CHECK:
Check for holes or loose wrappers, pour powdered candy into a container and look for discoloration or lumps.
Don’t eat opened candy, fruit, etc., unless you know the person it came from.
Wash fruit, then cut into bite-size pieces.
Soft candy can also be cut up into pieces before eating.
Homemade treats should not be eaten unless you are absolutely sure they came from a safe source.
Some hospitals will x-ray treat bag contents.
TRICKS: TELL YOUR CHILDREN:
Remember, Halloween is a time for dangerous strangers, so be careful.
Don’t play pranks. Damaging other people’s property is a crime.
If your child is the victim of a crime (stolen candy, intimidation, threats, etc.) talk to the suspect’s parents or call the police if you wish to prosecute.