Halloween ...

a holiday that nearly all children look forward to; putting on that ghoulish costume or the fairy princess dress and crown, and going from house-to-house hollering trick-or-treat.

What a fun time!

But it can be a bit worrisome for parents when strangers give your children candy and so many kids are walking who may not be very visible in the dark.

Halloween safety

Here are a few safety reminders for both parents and children as you prepare for the upcoming festivities.

  • Remove any obstacles in your yard that may be hard to see in the dark. These could cause unneeded trip and fall accidents. Also, be sure to sweep the sidewalk, too.
  • Keep your house well lit both inside and outside.
  • When an adult doesn’t accompany your child, make sure he or she is trick-or-treating with a group instead of going it alone. There’s safety in numbers.
  • Plan ahead of time the trick-or-treating route you and your children will take. Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Tell kids to walk on sidewalks when possible, watch out for cars pulling into and backing out of driveways, and never cross between parked cars.
  • If children are wearing dark costumes that make them hard to see, add something like reflectors, neon tape, or a glow stick to make them more visible.
  • Remind your children not to go into the houses of strangers and especially never get into a car with someone they do not know.
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they are home. Once home, be sure to check all treats. It’s helpful to do this in a well-lit area. Throw away anything suspicious, such as treats not wrapped or that have come unsealed.

Most of all, have a safe and happy Halloween!