Trick-or-Treat Hours & Halloween
Safety Tips for New Lenox - 2019
Keeping safety and fun in mind, I put together a handy and helpful list of ideas and tips that will assist you in making sure your Halloween parties, celebrations, and trick-or-treating are safe for all involved.
Stay safe ... and have a ghoulishly good time!
For both kids and adults alike ... the selection of Halloween costume is important. Whether purchased or homemade, a costume needs to be safe, comfortable, and hazard-proof.
While making your costume selection, consider these tips:
- Make sure that ALL costumes are made of flame retardant materials
- Choose light-colored costumes, if possible
- When wearing a mask, do not limit or compromise your eyesight in any way
- Wear sturdy comfortable shoes ... forego the high heels
- Pre-Test any Halloween makeup you will be wearing in advance for possible reactions. Wear/apply only non-toxic makeup
- Place reflectors, flashing or glowing lights, reflector ropes, etc., on a costume that will be worn at dark. Or have your child carry a light stick or flashlight (remember to check the batteries) to heighten visibility
- Make sure that a costume fits properly, as to avoid tripping or pieces of clothing (or Props) getting in the way or snagged on objects
- Place your telephone number somewhere on your child, just in case you get separated from them
- Do NOT let children carry hard plastic items, such as swords, scythes, or other safety hazards. Items such as these should be flexible to prevent harm if fallen on
Before or During Trick or Treating ...
- Have children eat a meal/healthy snack prior to heading out to Trick-or-Treat. They are less tempted to indulge themselves with candy if you do.
- Do not eat homemade treats received from households
- If your child has allergies, think about utilizing gloves in their costume. This is an added protection for them during a vulnerable time.
- Children should be accompanied by an adult. The larger the group of children, the more adults needed
- Make sure children have "buddies" or Trick-or-Treat in tandem with another
- Plan a safe route and stick to it. If older children are allowed to go in a group, make sure someone within the group has a cell phone
- Restrict routes to main, well-lit areas. Tell children NO Alleys
- Stick to Trick-or-Treat hours established for your area ... or curfews
- Instruct your children to not eat any candy until you have inspected it
- Instruct children to NEVER enter the home they are visiting ... or a car of a stranger without your permission
- Have "that talk" with your child about destroying property and vandalism and respect for others
- Remember to check both ways when crossing a street. Hold the hands of little ones within the group, to make sure they do not dart into traffic
And for Teen Trick-or-Treaters and Adults:
- If driving to a party, please drive safely. Remain extra vigilant and aware
- Take a cell phone with you
- If driving, make sure you have plenty of gas to get to your destination and back. Halloween is not the night to run out of gas
- Follow curfews. Law enforcement is strict surrounding Halloween
- Should plans change, let your parent(s) or another adult know
- Vandalism is wrong, no matter the season or holiday. Don't get caught-up in the moment and come to regret it
- Download the Red Cross Emergency First Aid App. An app is available for humans ... and pets too
- Carry your child's emergency medications with you, just in case
Follow the above and your Halloween celebrations will be memorable for safe, fun, and tasty reasons!
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