Prepare Children Before Trick-or-Treating:

  • NEVER allow children to trick-or-treat alone.
  • Young children should be with you or another trusted adult.
  • Older children should use the buddy system.
  • Write down your full name and phone number, and give it to your child.
  • Have your child carry a glow stick or flash light.
  • Make a plan of where to meet or who to call if your child gets lost.
  • Discuss with your child how to cross the street safely.
  • Remind your child not to approach a car unless he/she is with you.
  • Remind your child that he/she shouldn’t go into a house unless you have given your child permission.
  • Warn your child not to approach a house that isn’t well lit.
  • Warn your child to scream and run away from anyone who tries to grabhim/her or lure him/her with special treats.

Be a Part of Your Child’s Experience:

  • Go with young children to the door of every house they approach.
  • Plan your child’s trick-or-treating route, and try to make sure you are familiar with the area and the neighbors.
  • Caution children to report strange incidents to a trusted adult.
  • Try to inspect all treats before your child eats them, and dispose of anything opened or damaged.

Costume Safety:

  • Have your child wear costumes or masks that are marked as flame resistant.
  • Make sure your child is able to see and breathe properly when wearing a mask.

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