Keep your kids safe this Halloween

Accompany young children on their Halloween rounds.
Accompany young children on their Halloween rounds.

When you take your young ghosts and goblins out trick-or-treating, follow some simple tips to keep your Halloween safe and not too scary. Go over the rules and guidelines with your child before leaving the house:

Trick-or-Treat Safety

  • Go out with your young children to supervise
  • Or, allow your child out only with an adult you know and trust
  • Keep kids within your sight

  • Take flashlights or glow-in-the-dark-sticks to improve your visibility
  • Stay with your child
  • Visit only homes you know in your neighborhood
  • Remind your child to only enter homes or cars of people you know and have approved
  • Stay on the sidewalks
  • Take care crossing streets
  • Examine all candy and treats before allowing your child to eat
  • If the porch light is off, pass to the next house
  • Beware of dogs when approaching houses or porches; dogs can be very protective of their territory

Costume Safety

  • Your child should wear a flame resistant costume with a good fit
  • Use reflective tape to improve visibility in the dark
  • If your child is wearing a mask, make sure he or she can see properly

For Older Kids

  • Travel in a group
  • Plan safe routes
  • Know and stick to a curfew

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer additional tips for kids, homeowners and party hosts this Halloween season.

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