Ghost, ghouls and monsters aren’t the only things to be afraid of on Halloween. Accidents and mishaps increase dramatically when children trick-or-treat.To avoid the many dangers children face while trick or treating, use common sense. Be aware of potential Halloween hazards and take precautions to eliminate them. Consider heading for an indoor Halloween party and bypass any chaos or danger.
- Plan your route ahead of time.
- Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
- Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.
- Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
- Follow a curfew and take a watch with a backlight.
- Stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Cross only at intersections and designated crosswalks.
- Watch out for open flames in Jack-o-Lanterns.
- Walk with your head up and be aware of your surroundings.
- Only visit well lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses.
- Don’t enter any houses unless you know the people.
- Carry a spare Halloween bag, in case yours breaks or you fill your original one.
- Always watch for cars backing up or turning.
- Never accept rides from strangers.
- Don’t eat any candy until it’s inspected for tampering under bright lights.
- Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
- Consider having a party instead of Trick or Treating.