Family Safety Tips while Trick-or-Treating

May your trick-or-treating experience be filled with laughter, candy, and safety for the entire family!

Memories of trick-or-treating will last a lifetime – for both the child and the parent. Unfortunately, trick-or-treating can also be a dangerous activity if you are not careful. Remembering a few safety tips can keep this tradition a positive experience for your family. Keep this smart advice in mind while you're choosing costumes, going door-to-door, and enjoying your loot.

  • Avoid dangerous accessories. Little boys love costumes that come with swords, knives, guns, or other weapons. Make sure these additions are soft with safe, rounded edges.
  • Choose bright costumes. You want drivers to be able to see your children while they are trick-or-treating. If one of your kids insists on a dark costume, add some reflective tape.
  • Map your route. Avoid busy streets without sidewalks, and try to stick to neighborhoods where you know most of the residents.
  • Talk to your children about safe behavior. If you haven't taught them about how to safely cross a street, now is the time! You should also stress the importance of not running ahead of the group.
  • Bring a flashlight. Even if you plan to stick to well-lit areas, a flashlight is an important just-in-case precaution.
  • Never enter a stranger's home. Some people enjoy turning their home into a haunted house for trick-or-treaters. This can be a fun activity, but only if you know and trust the family putting on the show.
  • Only enjoy treats that are prepackaged. Don't allow your trick-or-treaters to snack while they walk. All candy should be inspected by a parent at home before consumption. Toss any homemade treats or prepackaged candy that appears to be tampered with.

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