Halloween is only a few days away and my kidlets are super excited! They got a head start on the holiday this past weekend, dressing up in their costumes to take part in our town’s annual Halloween Parade and even got to see a PTA-sponsored magic show.
Both my kidlets can’t wait to go Trick-or-Treating on Halloween since last year at this time we were in the midst of dealing with Hurricane Sandy fall out — no heat, power or school for a week – but luckily no damage to our home! They can’t wait to show off their costumes, go door-to-door to our neighbors and get some yummy treats! Halloween is always so much fun and it’s easy to get caught up in the moment, however it is very important to be smart and stay safe when Trick-or-Treating! With that in mind, here are some helpful safety tips for Trick-or-Treaters and their parents this Halloween:
- Carry a flashlight or use glow sticks to illuminate your way.
- Children under 12 should always go with an adult.
- Wear a watch that you can read in the dark.
- Carry a cell phone for instant communication.
- Wear clothing with or make sure your bag/bucket has reflective markings or tape so others can see you.
- Make sure your costume & shoes fit to prevent trips and falls.
- Walk, don’t run when going from house to house.
- Stay on sidewalks when possible.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Obey all traffic signals and never cross in the middle of the road, go to a cross walk or corner.
- Don’t assume you have the right away when crossing, be cautious. Some drivers might have a hard time seeing Trick-or-Treaters.
- Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house so as not to obstruct your view.
- Don’t cut across people’s yards, driveways or in alleyways.
- Stay in familiar neighborhoods and don’t go to houses you don’t know.
- Only approach houses that are well-lit or have porch lights on.
- Children should never go into a stranger’s house to get a treat or even to use the bathroom.
- Parents should always check their child’s Halloween treats before they can eat them.
Now it’s your turn to share. Are you dressing up for Halloween? If so, what are you going as? What about your kids?
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