Whether you’re the one opening the door to trick-or-treaters or a parent getting youngsters ready to ring the bell, keep safety in mind. The same is true for anyone traveling local roads while ghosts and goblins are out and about.
- Make sure your property is free of all potential “Halloween hazards” like low tree limbs and faulty steps or railings.
- Locate decorations like candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaria well out of harm’s way.
- Walkways and stairs should be well-lit and free of obstacles.
- Keep an eye on household pets that may get agitated by unfamiliar faces and unusual activity.
- Make sure kids’ costumes allow for warmth, comfort and safety, including comfortable shoes and well-tied laces.
- Costumes and props should be flame-resistant.
- Illuminate dark-colored costumes with reflective tape. (or, create a silver metallic Hershey’s Kiss costume!)
- Provide children with glow sticks or flashlights so they are more visible in the dark.
- Always accompany younger children.
- Older children should trick-or-treat with at least two friends, and you should know which route they’ll be following.
- Warn children to only accept treats at the door, and to never go inside a stranger’s home.
- Have youngsters wait until they get back home before eating any Halloween goodies, so you can check the treats (and pick YOUR favorite!) first.
- Drive slowly.
- Pay extra attention.
- Check twice before backing up or pulling into the driveway.
- Proceed with caution!
- Yield to young pedestrians.
- Be patient. Allow extra time to get where you’re going.
- Don’t be distracted. Ignore your cellphone – no calls or texting!