Halloween is tomorrow night, October 31st, and although most of these safety tips are common sense, it's still a good idea to review them before Halloween.

Number 1 rule is to have your kids bring home the candy so you as a parent can inspect it, and get first dibs on the candy you like :)

Trick-or-Treaters:

  • Carry a flashlight
  • Walk, don't run
  • Stay on sidewalks
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods
  • Don't cut across yards or driveways
  • Wear a watch you can read in the dark
  • Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground
  • Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with your costume)
  • Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props
  • (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape
  • Approach only houses that are lit
  • Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know

 Parents:

  • Make your child eat dinner before setting out
  • Children should carry cell phones so they can call home
  • Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult
  • If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material
  • Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home
  • You should know where they're going
  • Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything
  • Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect

Homeowners:

  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently bitting a trick-or-treater
  • Battery powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a real flame