- Use face paints rather than
a mask which can obstruct both breathing and vision.
- Make sure your child has (1)
a name tag complete with your address and phone number, (2) change to make a
phone call, and (3) a flashlight
- Young children should be
accompanied by an adult, and no child should go out alone.
- Trick or treat only in
familiar neighborhoods and set a time for when your children should return
- Children should never accept
rides from strangers (If they need a ride, they should use the change you
gave them to call!)
- Treats should not be eaten
until the child is home so that you can inspect everything first.
- Check all treats for signs
of tampering and discard all loose and homemade treats (unless you know the
person who provided them)
Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house.
Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is.
Don't play near lit jack-o-lanterns.
Visit only houses where the lights are on.
Walk on sidewalks and driveways.
- Walk, Do not run.
- Cross the street at the
corner or in a crosswalk.
- Take a cellular phone with
you if possible.
- Wear a watch.
- Make sure costumes
are flame-retardant and light or bright in color. Dark costumes should have
strips of glow in the dark tape along the back.
- Avoid costumes
with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.
- Choose costumes
that are light and bright enough to be visible to motorists.
- Costumes should
be short enough to prevent children from tripping.
- Children should
wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. High heels are not a good
- Hats and scarfs
should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over
- A natural mask of
cosmetics is better than a loose-fitting mask that might
restrict breathing or obscure vision.
- Sword, knives,
and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible
- Decorate costumes
and treat bags with reflective tape.