or Treat Safety
- A parent or responsible adult should
always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- If your older children are going
alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on
a specific time when they should return home.
- Remind Trick-or Treaters:
· Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
· Carry a mobile phone for quick communication.
· Only go to homes with a porch light on.
· Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
· If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway
· Never cut across yards or use alleys.
· Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
· Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as
recognized by local custom).
· Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing
Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others
· Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any
suspicious or unlawful activity.
- Plan costumes that are bright and
reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are
short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with
- Consider adding reflective tape or
striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
- Because masks can limit or block
eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer
alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and
accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly
indicating they are flame resistant.
- If a sword, cane, or stick is a part
of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A
child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or
- Obtain flashlights with fresh
batteries for all children and their escorts.
- Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or
their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become
- Small children should never carve
pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do
- Votive candles are safest for
- Lighted pumpkins should be placed on a
sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and
should never be left unattended.
- To keep homes safe for visiting
trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front
yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys,
bikes and lawn decorations.
- Parents should check outdoor lights
and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Wet leaves should be swept from
sidewalks and steps.
- Restrain pets so they do not
inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
- A good meal prior to parties and
trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on
- Consider purchasing non-food treats
for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and
- Wait until children are home to sort
and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult
should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled,
unwrapped or suspicious items.
- Try to ration treats for the days
|Source: American Academy of