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5 Halloween Safety Tips

5 Halloween Safety Tips

We’re approaching the end of October, and that means it’s almost time for every kid’s favorite holiday – Halloween! Halloween isn’t just fun for your little ghouls and goblins, it’s fun for your whole family. However, it’s still important that everyone stays safe throughout the evening, as well as the days before and after. Whether you’re going out with your children or staying home and passing out candy, follow these tips to ensure a safe, enjoyable evening for everybody.

1. Stay visible
Decorate costumes and trick-or-treating bags with bright colors and reflective tape. Make sure your whole party has flashlights in hand, or try glow sticks as a fun alternative for the kids.

2. Stay comfortable
Make sure that your children’s costumes fit correctly to prevent tripping and falling throughout the night. Also make sure that everybody is prepared to stay warm! If costumes involve light material or skin exposure, bring along extra clothing.

3. Walk safely
Teach your children the rules of the road as a pedestrian – check both ways before crossing the street, use crosswalks, stay on the sidewalks, and watch for cars that are turning or backing up.

4. Drive extra carefully
If you’re driving on Halloween and not trick-or-treating, slow down and stay particularly aware of your surroundings. Try to avoid driving during the evening as people start to come out. If unavoidable, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and eliminate distractions in your car.

5. Create a fun, safe stop
If you’re going to be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, ease other parents by taking the necessary steps to make your home a safe stop. Clear debris from your sidewalk and driveway, and restrain energetic pets. Make sure your decorations are appropriate and don’t interfere with the safety of trick-or-treaters.