We want everyone to have a happy Halloween and to be safe while trick-or-treating!
– A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
– Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
– Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
– 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.
– Pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween.
– Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
– Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
– Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
– If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
– Never cut across yards or use alleys.
– Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
– Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
– Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has more Halloween safety tips on their website.