Here are some safety tips to read through before your little ghouls, goblins, superhero's and princesses go door-to-door!
- Do not use masks. Masks make it hard for children to see what’s around them, including cars. Try a hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction), non-toxic make-up kit instead.
- Place strips of reflective tape on the back and front of costumes, so that drivers can better see your child.
- Costumes should fit properly to prevent trips and falls. Avoid items such as over-sized shoes, high heels, long dresses and long capes.
- Dress your child for the weather. Add layers if needed.
- Make sure your child is in a group of at least 3 people.
- Give them a flashlight. A cell phone is also a good idea if you have one.
- Discuss in advance the route they should follow. Ask them to call you if they plan to go on a street that isn’t on the route.
- Set a curfew (and make sure they have a watch with them).
- Tell your children not to eat anything until they get home.
- Turn on outdoor lights and replace burnt out light bulbs
- Remove items from your yard or porch that might trip a child.
- Sweep wet leaves from your steps and driveway.
- Use alternative to candles in your pumpkins, such as a flashlight or a battery-operated candle.
- Remember that some children have food allergies. Consider giving treats other than candy, such as stickers, erasers or a yo-yo
Posted on October 09, 2018