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Halloween night is a time where our children (and we) get to dress up as our heroes, our fears and have some fun. As a family, walking the streets of our towns at night can be dangerous. There is the added danger of dressing dark or being close to busy roads that could make Halloween scary for a different reason than is intended.

Though there are ways to enhance the safety and keep the fun intact all evening long.

Treak-or-Treating Safety

Family Fun

The first and foremost way to remain safe is to stick together. It may sound obvious, but be sure to use trick-or-treating as a family activity. Tag along with your children and keep them in eyesight or close by at all times.

Reflect

Not all costumes are brightly colored, though if you can, make it a point to have bright costumes. If your child wants to dress up as something darker that’s ok too. Just make sure to attach some sort of reflective tape somewhere on the costume. Another great option is to each have a flashlight. Pedestrian safety is very important all year ’round.

Trick-or-Treating Jack-o-Lanterns

One Size, Not For All

The size of the costume matters. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure it fits properly so they can always see where they’re going. If it’s just too big, make the eye holes bigger. A good way to avoid this problem is to not have a mask at all. Instead, use face paint.

Inspect The Goods

The best part of Halloween for children isn’t the tricks but the treats. However, it’s still a good idea to inspect the candy and treats. Toss out anything that has been opened or isn’t even packaged. It wouldn’t hurt to taste one either…just to be safe.

Clear A Path

If you’re not going out but handing out treats instead, there are things you can do as well. Clear a path to your door and make it easier for children to walk around. Roll up the hose, bring in the flowers or patio furniture and make it easier for children.

The most important part is to have fun just make sure that the fun is as safe as possible. You can also plan a route, set a schedule and be a caring neighbor. If you or your teen is driving, keep an eye out for children crossing and if in residential areas drive extra slow. Happy Halloween!

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