Prepare Children Before Trick-or-Treating
- Never allow children to Trick-or-Treat alone.
- Young children should be with you or another trusted adult.
- Older children should use the buddy system.
- Write down your full name and phone number, and make sure your child keeps it with them.
- Have your child carry a glow stick or flashlight.
- Make a plan of where to meet or who to call if your child gets lost.
- Discuss with your child how to cross the street safely.
- Remind your child not to approach a car unless he / she is with you.
- Remind your child that he / she shouldn’t go into a house without your permission.
- Warn your child not to approach a house that isn’t well lit.
- Warn your child to scream and run away from anyone who tries to grab him / her or lure him / her with special treats.
Be a Part of Your Child’s Experience
- Go with young children to the door of every house they approach.
- Plan your child’s Trick-or-Treating route, and try to make sure you are familiar with the area and the neighbors.
- Caution children to report strange incidents to a trusted adult.
- Try to inspect all treats before your child eats them, and dispose of anything opened, damaged, or that looks off.
- Have your child wear costumes or masks that are marked as flame resistant.
- Make sure your child is able to see and breathe properly when wearing a mask.
Now, go forth, navigate those haunted houses, yell boo!, and compete for most candy collected. Oh, what’s your costume? Share a picture on Facebook or Instagram!