Trick or Treating should be one
of the great adventures of Halloween for kids! They can get dressed in scary costumes and
go door to door, begging "Tricks or Treats!" from neighbors or at the local
mall. It should be a fun time, without trouble and pain, so following some easy tips can
keep your child safe every Halloween.
Children should only go
out during daylight hours unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
Plan a safe route so
parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home.
Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves.
Let your children
know not to cut through back alleys and fields. Make sure they know to stay in populated
places and don't go off the beaten track. Stay in well lighted areas.
Stop only at
familiar houses in your own neighborhood unless they are accompanied by an adult.
should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween. Make sure an
teenage sibling or adult is
children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you.
Instruct your child
to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car
no matter what the offer or what they ask. A well known
ploy is the "lost pet" trick, tell your children not to
listen or help any adult except for those they truly
Make sure your child
carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more
visible to cars.
Let teenagers know that
they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.
There really is safety in numbers.