In a matter of weeks, superheroes, firefighters, witches and princesses will be filling sidewalks in their annual hunt for Halloween candy.
With so many little goblins out and about, it’s important to remember some key safety tips to ensure the holiday is enjoyable – and safe – for everyone. The National Safety Council offers some valuable reminders.
1. Go with the kids
An adult should go trick-or-treating with young children. If your children are older and going alone with friends, plan and review a route that is acceptable and known to everyone.
2. Set boundaries
Agree on a specific time the trick-or-treating will end, and teach your children to never enter a strangers home or car. Also, remind your kids to save the candy gourging until they return home so you can look for any suspicious items.
3. Go with what you know
Stick to your neighborhood and with areas you are familiar. These areas should be well-lit; avoid houses that don’t have their porch light on.
4. Be seen
If children will be out after sunset, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and treat bags, or add a glow stick necklace to their costume. Avoid masks that might obstruct their vision.
5. Drive cautiously
If you will be driving through neighborhoods during peak trick-or-treating, slow down and keep these safety tips in mind:
- Watch for children walking near roads and even on sidewalks.
- Enter driveways and alleyways carefully, and look twice for children who may quickly dart into your path.
- As the sun sets, and later at night, watch for children who may have costumes in dark colors.
- Teenage, and inexperienced drivers, should use extra caution when driving in neighborhoods, or avoid doing so altogether.
6. Create a DIY line technician costume
What could be cuter than a small child in a hardhat knocking at your door? Putting together a line technician costume is easy and a great way to show appreciation for the hard work done by these utility employees. The following graphic gives you all the pieces you need.