Wednesday, October 22, 2014


With Halloween trick-or-treating just around the corner, below are some tips to help keep your child’s candy-fueled fantasies as worry free as possible:

  1. Avoid letting your kids trick-or-treat alone. Have them walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  2. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see your kids.
  3. Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house
  4. Remind kids to look both ways before crossing the street, and to use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  5. Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  6. Children should never enter any home alone and only do so if they're with a trusted adult. Remind them to only visit well-lit houses, avoid dark houses, and never to accept rides from strangers.

Expecting trick-or-treaters or party guests?  Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:

  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o'lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely. 

(Tips courtesy of