Halloween is fast approaching. Costumes and candy are flying off shelves and children are preparing to look their spookiest! As children pick out their costumes for their nocturnal haunts—trick or treating throughout their neighborhoods—it’s important to remember safety should always come first.

Some recommend using non-toxic makeup as an alternative to masks that can inhibit visibility for the trick or treater. It has also been suggested to make sure some part of the child’s costume consists of bright colors or reflective material. These tips ensure that drivers are able to see your child at night and your child is able to see them.

Other suggestions include crossing the street at corners, at a stoplight or cross-walk; always looking left and right before crossing the road; teaching your children to make eye contact with a driver before crossing in front of the vehicle, and refraining from walking in between parked vehicles when possible. 

In today’s tech-savvy world, it’s also important to teach children to look up from their electronic devices when walking, especially when crossing the street. It can be so easy to walk into another trick or treater or to slip and hurt an ankle if your child is playing on a cell phone as they walk from house to house. 

Children under 12 should not be out in the dark unsupervised. If parents feel their child is mature enough to trick or treat without their supervision, older children are still encouraged to trick or treat with a group of friends. 

It’s also helpful to stick to familiar areas when trick or treating. Navigating a safe area is much easier in the dark when you’ve made the trek several times before. 

As you’re enjoying the nightly romp with your little spook, remember to practice these simple safety tips to ensure your family and others can have a safe enjoyable Halloween!  

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