Trick or Treating Safety Tips

By Emma Greenwood

Halloween is a fun time for both kids and their parents. You get to dress up, be with friends and of course, eat candy! Trick or treaters love a good scare but not when it comes to children’s safety. On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year, according to Safekids.org.

Insurance Agent, Teresa Anderson, advises, “When driving, make sure you use your headlights as they will make you visible to walkers and allows you to watch for walkers better. Watch for reflectors and glow in the dark sticks and necklaces the children will wear. When driving in a neighborhood take caution on how fast you drive. It may seem slow to you, however, a child running out in front of your vehicle can happen fast.”

Here are some things to consider, as well as review with your children to keep everyone safe.

Costumes

Choosing a costume is a fun way to let your child’s imagination run wild. While they are deciding between a superhero, princess, Dorothy or villain costume there are a few things you should consider. While all these options are great, make sure the costume is the correct size, because you don’t want your child to trip and fall. Also, attach reflective tape or light to their bag and costume. Another fun way you can incorporate light into their costume is giving them glow sticks or flashlights; this it is easier for them to be seen by drivers.

Trick or Treating Times

Everybody knows the basics, you don’t start trick or treating until after dinner time and you stop when the lights in houses are off. The popular trick or treating hours are between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. so be extra careful driving around these hours, and make sure your kids are aware of vehicles at all times.

Safety Routes

It is almost time to go trick or treating! Your children want to fill up your entire bag with candy before the end of the night. But first, plan your route in advance; this will ensure the entire group is on the same page. This way if someone gets lost, they know where to find the rest of the group.  Also, make sure to choose routes that are mainly on the sidewalk, and when you do have to cross the street it should be in a well-lit area!

Trick or Treating

The gang has been waiting all day to dress up and collect tons of candy! But there are a couple of things the group should remember while you are out trick or treating. You should try to be in a group with people you know and trust (kids should ideally be with a trusted adult), there is strength in numbers. Remember, most of the people’s doors you knock on are strangers, so remind your kids to stay on the door-step and never enter a stranger’s home. Additionally, avoid houses that have their lights off. This generally means they ran out of candy, went to bed or do not participate in handing out candy.

Candy

You have all had a long night of trick or treating and are finally ready to reward yourself with some of that candy! Before you or your kids eat the candy, make sure it hasn’t been tampered with. Also, remember hand-made treats look nice but are not safe to eat. Don’t take the risk – a good rule to go by is if the candy is in its original wrapper then it is ok to eat.

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