As kids, our parents use to tell us not to talk to or take candy from strangers. Funny that on Halloween, children are encouraged to do just that! Now that I am a parent myself, I find myself thinking about all of those warnings that I used to get before I would set out trick or treating. Here are a few safety tips that trick or treaters of all ages should remember:
- Make sure that all costumes have reflective material or lights attached to them so that the wearer can be seen easily when near the street.
- Check (or have an adult check) all treats before eating them. There are still sick people out there who could tamper with candy before handing it out. Avoid any "homemade" treats unless the person is a trusted friend or family member.
- Teach kids how and where to safely cross the street. On halloween, it’s very easy for both trick or treaters and drivers to get distracted.
- Avoid trick or treating alone, make sure to go with an adult or a group.
- Plan a route and make sure your family knows where you are going.
- Only go to houses that have a light on.
- Take a cell phone.
By using a little common sense, it’s easy for everyone to have a safe and fun Halloween!