Trick or Treat With an Adult Supervising
Kids under the age of 12 should never be alone trick or treating. If you as the parent believe your child is old enough to trick or treat without supervision you should lay down ground rules on the locations and the times he could participate. Make sure they keep in contact with you, calling in on set times to make sure everything is okay.
Parents and Children Walk Safely
- Cross the road at corners, utilizing traffic indicators and crosswalks.
- Make sure you look both ways before you cross the street even if the traffic indicator says it is your turn to walk.
- Constantly walk on sidewalks or set routes.
- Kids should walk on direct paths using the fewest road crossings.
- Teach kids to never ever dart out into the road or cross between parked cars.
Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Select face paint and makeup products whenever feasible rather than masks, which can impair a child’s vision.
- Have children carry “glow sticks” or flashlights to assist them see and be seen by motorists.
- Whenever choosing an outfit, make certain it’s the right size to avoid trips and drops.
Instead of Walking the Neighborhood
There are many different places to go trick or treating than just walking around the neighborhood. You can go to malls, business districts or find places that have “trunk or treat”. Trunk or treat usually happens at parks or churches where people go and pass out candy to kids outside of their trunk of the car other than their house. You can have quite a few stops in one trunk or treat location and these are usually really safe.
Check the Candy
An adult should always check the candy before a child eats it. There are occasions when people try to hurt children by putting in razors or needles into the candy. You can never be too safe when it comes to your child.