Dressing up in costume and going door to door for candy is always a great time and creates wonderful memories for your family. Here at ECCU, we want there to be many more treats than tricks for your little ones come Halloween night, so we thought we’d share some trick-or-treating safety tips.
Plan a route in advance– stick with your neighborhood and surrounding areas with streets you and your children are familiar with. The last thing anyone needs is to get turned around when it’s dark and on the spookiest night of the year!
Practice safety when crossing the street– Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean the streets will not have the usual car traffic. Use crosswalks where possible, look both ways before crossing the street, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing. Drivers- be sure you’re aware and driving slowly and safely, especially in neighborhoods between the hours of 5:30-9:30pm, when the most trick-or-treating occurs. Stay off your cell phones and be prepared for someone (or something!) to run out in front of you.
Travel in groups– Older children should have a cell phone on them and know how to dial 911. Children under the age of 12 should trick-or-treat with at least one adult.
Stay well lit– Wear glowsticks, carry flashlights, or use reflective paint on the face and body. Anything to help your child stand out in the dark will help!
Make sure costumes fit well– Shorter is better to avoid tripping, and wear comfy, fitted shoes, without heels. Be careful with props if the costume has to have them. Make them short and flexible to avoid injuries. Avoid masks if at all possible- they make it very difficult for your child to see and breathe.
Check all candy– When your kids arrive back home, make sure all candy is sealed. No open packages or torn wrappers. Also, throw away anything homemade unless you know those that gave it personally.
Follow these few safety tips and make sure that you and your children have a safe, fun-filled Halloween!