- Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least two friends go with you.
- Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is.
- Carry a bright flashlight to illuminate sidewalks, steps and paths. Use new flashlight batteries and check it before you leave the house. Chemical glow light sticks can be used along with flashlights.
- Always WALK, do not run.
- Stay on sidewalks. If there is not a sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic. Walk single file, facing the traffic.
- Obey traffic signals and only cross at corners.
- Don’t assume you have the right of way.
- Because one car stops, it doesn’t mean others will!
- Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
- Don’t cut across yards or driveways.
- Wear a watch you can read in the dark. Set the watch alarm if you have time limit for trick-or-treating.
- Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
- Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props. Avoid pointed props such as spears, or wands that endanger other children’s eyes.
- Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
- Make sure your costume doesn’t drag on the ground or you might trip on it.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes, and make sure they should fit properly.
- Visit houses that have lights on, especially houses with Halloween decorations.
- Stay away from animals you don’t know.
- Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
- Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house.
- Always carry a spare Halloween bag just in case yours breaks.
- Take a cell phone with you if possible.
- Always be polite and don’t forget to say “Trick-or-Treat” and “Thank You”!
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- In order to discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats, make sure they eat dinner before going out.
- Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.
- Older children should carry a cell phone with home number ready.
- Be sure to watch young children carefully near the street.
- If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch and set their alarm to a time when they should return home.
- Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
- Older children should trick-or-treat in groups. You should know where they’re going and with who they are going with.
- Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring ALL the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
- Review with your children the principle of “Stop-Drop-Roll”, should their clothes catch on fire.
- Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.
- Give children an early meal before going out.
- Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
- Report to the police anything that appears suspicious about treats.
- When in doubt, throw it out.
- Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies), are given only to those of an appropriate age.
- If you child has an allergy, look at the ingredients of the treats they bring home.
- Limit the amount of treats they consume to avoid sickness.
- If your child is diabetic, read this article for helpful information Halloween and Diabetes.
- Costumes should be loose enough so that warm clothes can be worn underneath.
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective.
- Only purchase costumes, wigs and accessories if they clearly indicate they are flame resistant.
- Make sure that shoes fit well (even if they don’t go with your costume).
- Make sure that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
- Consider adding reflective tape (usually available in hardware, bicycle and sporting goods stores), striping or glow sticks to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
- Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet in case the youngster gets separated from the group.
- Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
- When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled “Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives,” “Laboratory Tested,” “Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics,” or “Non-Toxic.”
- Follow manufacturer’s instruction for application.
- If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.
- Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway.
- Check around your property for low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house.
- Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.
- Glow sticks, light sticks or battery powered jack-o-lantern lights and candles are preferable to real flame candles.
- If you do use candles, place the jack-o-lantern well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
- NEVER leave any flaming candle unattended.
- Be prepared. Have a fire extinguisher handy.
- Be sure the path and stairs to your front door are well illuminated and clear of obstacles.
- Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a flaming candle.
- Consider purchasing individually packaged healthy food alternatives (or safe non-food treats) for those who visit your home.
- Include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
- Non-food treats (great for those with diabetes or food allergies): plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins.
PET AND ANIMAL OWNERS
- Halloween can be a very traumatic and even dangerous time for your pet.
- Don’t leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween.
- Strangers visiting in costumes can be scary for dogs.
- Put your pet in a cage or separate room to keep them from darting out the door.
- Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.
- Chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals.
The National Safety Council urges motorists to be especially alert on Halloween and offers the following driving tips:
- Drive SLOW, SLOW, SLOW!
- Be aware that in Wisconsin, not all communities hold trick-or-treat on Halloween.
- Kids may be out trick-or-treating the weekend prior to Halloween up through Halloween night!
- Watch for children darting out from between parked cars and walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
- If you are driving children, be sure they exit on the curb side, away from traffic.
- Do not wear your mask while driving.
- At twilight or later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
- Adult Halloween parties should have a designated driver.
- Turn your lights on even in daylight – lights make you more visible.
- Drive cautiously to give yourself extra time to react to children crossing the street.
Have Fun! Happy Halloween!