It’s almost that time of year when you see crowds of mini ghouls and goblins crowding the streets yelling, “Trick or Treat!” Before you let your little one loose this year, keep in mind these tips to help make it a fun and safe holiday.
- Make sure your child is seen. Many costumes can be dark in color, making it hard for drivers to see your child. Have him wear a glow bracelet, carry a flashlight or even add a strip of reflective tape right onto his costume for extra visibility.
- Plan a route. In daylight, walk the neighborhood so you’re aware of any obstacles such as broken sidewalks. Stay in neighborhoods you’re familiar with so you can navigate safely in the dark.
- Try to avoid costumes that drag on the ground. These could end up tripping up little feet or getting caught in the neighbor’s bushes.
- Be sure to accompany your child or send them with a responsible adult that you trust.
- Only visit houses that are lit. Often residents turn off their lights if they aren’t willing to receive trick or treaters. Respect their privacy.
- Always inspect candy before your child eats any. Throw away any candy that has been opened or you suspect has been tampered with in any way. Also avoid consuming homemade treats unless you personally know the family who made them.