It’s the spookiest time of the year and the kiddos are getting super excited for costumes, tricks and lots of treats! Keep them safe with these important tips:
- Purchase or construct costumes that fit properly to prevent falls.
- Use face paint or make-up instead of masks so children can see clearly.
- Sew or stick reflective patches on the arm of costumes, especially on dark fabric.
- Make sure children wear comfortable walking shoes or throw a pair in your backpack in case of sore feet.
- Walk on sidewalks wherever possible.
- Use crosswalks to safely cross neighborhood streets.
- Look both ways and make direct eye contact with stopped drivers before crossing.
- Stay off your smart phone and pay attention to where you are walking.
- Use flashlights for poorly lit walking paths.
Tainted Treats? Make 100% Certain They Are Not
- Do not allow children to trick-or-treat from unfamiliar homes or neighbors.
- Cardinal Rule - No eating candy until an adult has thoroughly checked it.
- Toss homemade treats unless you know the person who made it.
- Look for signs of treats that have been tampered with - discoloration, holes or odd marks, etc.
- If given fruit, cut it in half and inspect before consuming.
Other Tricky Tips
- Eat dinner before you hit the streets so kids have full bellies and don't whine for a piece of candy before you can inspect it.
- Have a small supply of candy from your home on hand while out just in case someone has a sweet craving.
- Participate in a trunk-or-treat at your local church or neighborhood instead of walking house to house.
- Tell your kids to take candy they have eaten before so you all know what it is supposed to look like.
- If you do come across tainted candy or treats, always notify local law enforcement.
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