Sending your kids out the door on Halloween? The American Red Cross has ten tips to help keep the kids safe while enjoying the festivities.
1. Trick-or-treaters need to see and be seen:
- Use face makeup whenever possible. If you wear a mask, make sure you can see out of the holes or make the holes bigger so you can see out of them.
- Give trick-or-treaters a flashlight to light their way.
- Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Have everyone wear light-colored clothing.
2. Use flame-resistant costumes.
3. Make sure adults know where the kids are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children door to door.
4. Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.
5. Walk. Don’t run.
6. Only visit homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside, unless it is your own house.
7. Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
- Look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at the corner.
- Don’t cut across yards or use alleys.
- Don’t cross between parked cars.
- Drivers: Use extra caution. The youngsters may forget to look both ways before crossing.
8. A grown-up should check the goodies before eating.
- Make sure to remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards.
- Discard any items with unfamiliar brand names.
If you are planning on welcoming trick-or-treaters to your home, follow these safety tips:
9. Light the area well so young visitors can see.
10. Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps. Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.