Instead of Green Tips, I’m posting some Safety Tips in honor of Halloween! The excitement and fun of trick-or-treating can often cause children to forget about their safety and the rules they would normally follow, like looking both ways before crossing the street, etc. Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, it's important that we remind our children of these safety tips so everyone can have a fun and safe Halloween!
Glowing Is Good
Make sure that your child(ren) can be seen easily. Have them carry flashlights or wear glow-sticks. Another option is to put reflector tape on their shoes, costume, and/or goody bag.
Go as a Group
Never let young children go trick-or-treating alone. Kids should go with family members or friends, and a responsible adult should stay with them the whole time. If older children/teens are trick-or-treating without their parents, make sure they know to stay with their group and keep a cellphone handy with a full charged battery. You should also know what path they plan to trick-or-treat on and be sure to set a time for them to be expected home.
Walk, Don't Run
Though some families will start before it gets dark, most of the time it will be night when trick-or-treating takes place. Remind your kids to walk only, and not run, from house to house. Explain that for safety reasons the group will remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. Look out for traffic and don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters if the road is not well lit.
Approach the houses that have their lights on outside, but remind your kids that they are NEVER to enter somebody's home. Also, they should never take candy from somebody that approaches them from a car.
Check the Treats
Gone are the days where accepting homemade popcorn balls when trick-or-treating is okay. Tell your kids that they are not aloud to eat their candy until you are back at the house and have inspected all of it in good lighting. Though tampering is rare, it's still important that any treats that appear to be opened, spoiled, or suspicious, be thrown away.