Halloween is just over a month away, and parents and children will be roaming the streets in search of candy. Trick or Treat is a time of year every kid looks forward to, but it can also be dangerous in a lot of ways. Follow these Trick or Treat safety tips for a safer Halloween.
Find out when
First of all, know what day Trick or Treat is in your area, since it doesn’t always fall on Halloween, even if you don’t have kids or aren’t planning on participating. If you’re going to be driving on Trick or Treat night, you need to take extra precaution, drive slowly through neighborhoods, and turn your headlights on even before nightfall.
Keep an eye out
Parents who won’t be driving on Trick or Treat night, you’re responsible for motor vehicle safety as well. If you’re walking your kids around your neighborhood, keep a close eye on them and hold their hands when walking across the street or in a driveway. If you have older kids, make sure they understand to watch for cars, stay away from dark houses and never enter a stranger’s home, and not eat any candy until it’s been inspected by an adult.
Easy to see
Make sure your child’s costume or candy bucket has something reflective to make them more visible to drivers and other pedestrians. Other than that, follow common sense rules about walking at night—stick to sidewalks whenever possible, carry a flashlight, and use crosswalks when crossing the street.