[dropcap]H[/dropcap]alloween can and should be a day of fun for the children and families trick-or-treating. By practicing some basic safety tips you and your children can enjoy a safe and enjoyable Halloween!
Costumes: Try to ensure that your children’s costumes are light colored so that they are easily visible. If you have to use dark colors, place reflective tape in several parts of the costume — across the back and on the front and sides to ensure that no matter what direction they are facing, your children can be seen. Stay away from masks. Most masks will restrict your children’s vision. An inexpensive alternative is face paint.
Company: Young children should never trick-or-treat without an adult. If you can’t accompany your children, make sure they go trick-or-treating with an adult or responsible young adult you know well.
Location: It makes sense to visit homes in your neighborhood and even trick-or-treat only at the residences you are familiar with.
Timing: Try to confine your trick-or-treating to the daylight hours. If you work during the day and can only take your child out in the evening, limit your visits to homes with porch or outside lighting.
Treats: Allow your child to accept only treats that are wrapped. Be sure to throw away any fresh fruit, unwrapped candies, open candies or any treat that looks suspicious.
•Remember: Walk, do not run! Always wait at the curb and look both ways before crossing the street!
If you are driving on Halloween, make sure to use extra caution and be alert for any children who may be on the street!
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