Yay for Halloween! Hoorah for pumpkin carving, brisk evenings, and candy! Trick or treating on Halloween is a scared rite of passage that’s almost just as fun for parents as it is for kids. Seeing the excitement and pure joy kids have to hop from house to house, getting free candy and being kids. As wonderful as trick or treating is, parents must remember to be cautious and vigilant. Here are a few quick tips to keep you and your family safe on Halloween night!

  • Make sure to go out with your children as they go door to door or let them go out with another trusted adult.
  • Always take a flashlight with you. The evening are getting darker earlier and you want your kids to be able to see!
  • Avoid cross the street anywhere besides designated and marked crosswalks.
  • Be aware of cars backing out of drive ways and never cross the street between parked cars.
  • Remind children to WALK NOT RUN between homes.
  • Make sure costumes fit well and that children wear proper shoes. Add reflective or glow-in-the-dark elements to their costumes if possible.
  • Safety proof your home if you plan on giving out candy: ensure that your walk way is free of bikes or other objects, make sure the entrance area is well lit, and make sure to secure pets as some kiddos may be scared of dogs or other animals.