Safety Tips for Trick or Treaters

For many, Halloween is the best night of the year. However, trick or treating can be dangerous if children and parents aren’t prepared. Follow these tips for a S-A-F-E    H-A-L-L-O-W-E-E-N (McClure 2016):

 

S

Stay with an adult at all times

A

Avoid wearing masks in favor of costume makeup. Masks can restrict air flow and breathing, and reduce visibility of hazards (e.g., cars, other pedestrians, curbs).

F

Follow the pre-planned route provided by adults.

E

Ensure costumes fit appropriately to prevent trips and falls.

 

 

H

Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see paths, sidewalks, and oncoming vehicles.

A

Always walk from house to house, never cut across lawns or driveways, and never run.

L

Look left, right, and left again when crossing streets.

L

Leave high heels and uncomfortable shoes at home, and wear comfortable shoes when walking.

O

Only walk on designated paths such as sidewalks.

W

Wear costumes with reflective strips to help drivers and others see you.

E

Eat only commercially wrapped treats.

E

Enter haunted houses at your own risk.

N

Never enter unlit homes or homes of people you don’t know, no matter how good the candy and other treats look!

 

Reference: McClure, R. 2016. Halloween Safety for Your Ghosts and Goblins, Keep Trick or Treat Time Free From Howls. Available from: https://www.verywell.com/trick-or-treating-safety-616817.