- Trick and treat in groups. There is safety in numbers.
- Children younger than 12 should have a parent with them.
- Children older than 12 should stick with familiar, well-lit neighborhoods and go together in a group. Remind them to stay out of the street and to use crosswalks.
- Children should carry a flashlight or a glow stick
- Decorate costumes and goody bags with reflective tape or stickers
- Light color costumes are easier to see at night
- The mask’s eye holes shouldn’t obstruct the child’s vision. Consider using face paint instead
- The costume should be short enough that the child doesn’t trip on it.
- Remind the children not to eat the treats until they get home and only after a parent has checked them.
- Leave the electronics at home. The child may have a phone tuck away for an emergency, but that should be its’ only use. A child needs to be watching traffic, etc.
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Additional information for homeowners:
- Make sure walkways are well lit and all debris is picked up.
- Don’t use open flames. Use flashlights and glow sticks instead.
- Install non-slip treads on stairs
- Turn on the lights signaling you are giving out treats and turn them off when done. Turn off all decorations.
- Keep pets inside or in an enclosure
- Put your car in the garage.
If you have any additional tips, please leave a comment.