7 Critical Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters
Happy Halloween! Today is one of the most celebrated days in the United States, and for good reason. We get to dress up, let loose, and best of all, eat candy! Yesterday, we prescribed some tips for those on the giving end of the Halloween experience. Today, we shift our focus to kids and their guardians. Here are 8 tips for a safe and enjoyable Trick-or-Treating experience:
Bring an Adult
If you have young children, it’s important that an adult accompany them at all times. If your children are older and you feel comfortable letting them Trick-or-Treat on their own, discuss an acceptable route and curfew. Also make sure they are with a group at all times, and that they have a cell phone they can use to get in touch with you throughout the night.
Follow the Light
Only visit homes that have a porch light switched on. This is the universal signal that a person is giving away candy.
Eyes on the Road
While on your journey from home to home, stay on the lookout for drivers. Don’t assume a car is going to stop, even if you have the right of way. Drivers may have trouble spotting you in the darkness. Remember: just because one car stops for you does not mean the next one will.
One way to make sure motorists can spot you is to wear reflective gear on your costume or trick-or-treat bags. If you don’t have any reflective gear, bring a flashlight (and a change of batteries) to alert drivers that you’re in the vicinity.
Don’t accept invitations into a person’s home or car under any circumstance. The entire “transaction” should be held on the resident’s porch.
Use Designated Walkways
Avoid walking across yards and alleys. Instead, use designated walkways such as sidewalks and driveways. When crossing the street, walk across the far edge of the roadway facing traffic. Also be sure to never cross between parked cars or driveways.
Eyes in the Sky
We know you’re eager to get started, but keep your eyes on the sky (as well as the clock). Once the sun begins to set, you’re safe to begin your journey. While rules vary in each community, most of the time Trick-or-Treating is held between 6-8 pm. It’s important to give candy-givers time to get home and get set up!