In less than 2 weeks, many will be enjoying their Halloween celebrations. For families who participate in the festivities, it is an exciting time for their children to wear the costumes of favorite characters, attend parties and enjoy eating treats. It is important to keep in mind the safety of our children and those in the communities as they go out that evening to trick or treat. We offer some tips to our readers:
- Costumes should be comfortable on the children and easily visible at night.
- Vision should not be blocked even where the costume covers the child’s head.
- Never trick or treat alone. Younger kids should be accompanied by an adult. Older kids should go out as a group.
- Speak to neighbors to see if they are willing to set up a specific time for Halloween activities in your area.
- Treats should not be eaten until inspected by an adult.
- Children should not enter any home or approach a car to receive treats.
- Trick or treating should be limited to well-lit homes and home with clear paths to the front door.
- Someone in the group should carry a flashlight, cellphone and whistle.
- Drivers should exercise additional caution in residential neighborhoods on Halloween night.
For additional tips please go to: www.cdc.gov/family/halloween.