Halloween is approaching and is a childs' third favorite holiday behind Christmas and Thanksgiving. While older teens and adults may enjoy costume parties, kids can't resist Trick or Treating. Follow these 10 tips to ensure a safe and fun-filled Halloween:
- Know when Halloween will be observed in your area. Strange as it may sound, many communities designate alternate nights for Trick or Treating if the 31st falls on Sunday. Check your neighborhood Facebook page or the city's website to be sure.
- Teach your children to look all ways when crossing the street. Look left, right, then left again when crossing and continue to look while crossing.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk FACING traffic as far off the road as possible.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers, and use light colors
- Have children carry flashlights or glow sticks to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- Be sure the costume fits your child, does not drag the ground (trip hazard), and masks do not obstruct their vision.
- Don't let children eat candy until it's "inspected". Avoid homemade treats unless they are from someone you know and trust.
- Know what time to start and when to quit. While there is no "usual" time to observe Trick or Treating, common sense will dictate a reasonable time to say enough is enough.
- Households expecting Trick or Treaters will normally turn on their flood or porch lights. Don't approach houses that are dark. Likewise, if you won't be home on Halloween or run out of candy, consider turning your porch lights OFF.
- If someone leaves a bowl of candy outside their door, be respectful and take ONE or TWO pieces. Leave some for the next group.
Bonus Tip: If older children knock on your door to Trick or Treat, be gracious and treat them with respect. Don't shame them or ask if they are too old to Trick or Treat. There is no harm in allowing them to have fun on this hallowed evening.
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