Safe Trick-or-Treating Tips for You and Your Kids

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For kids, Halloween is one of the most fun holidays of the year. They get to dress up like their favorite characters and go door-to-door collecting candy. Unfortunately, Halloween comes with some safety risks that are important to pay attention to. There are many cars out and about on Halloween and it’s important to keep your eyes peeled for those vehicles around your children. Follow these safety tips on Halloween night:

 

  • To avoid accidents, decorate your children’s costumes with reflective tape or stickers if you can so vehicles can clearly spot them in the dark. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, so try using face paint instead. Also, make sure their costume isn’t too big to avoid tripping.
  • This may seem obvious, but it is important that your kids use glow sticks or flashlights while trick-or-treating. This helps them to avoid falling and will help them be noticed by drivers.
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  • Adult supervision is key. We recommend adult supervision for all children on Halloween—especially those under 12 years of age. The most popular time for trick-or-treating is 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so it would be best to stick to those hours since there will be other parents and children out around the same time.
  • While your kids may already know the basics, it doesn’t hurt to remind them to be careful around traffic. Remind them to look both ways, make eye contact with drivers, and only cross at marked intersections when crossing the street. Halloween is an exciting night and they may forget some of these precautions in lieu of gathering candy.
  • Parents, remember to drive safely, keep an eye on other kids, put down your phone, and pay attention to traffic and your surroundings. If you can, plan out a candy route so you know the path that your children are taking ahead of time.
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  • When you get home, check your kid’s candy before consumption. Keep in mind that nearly every scary story told to parents about children ingesting unknown materials on Halloween came from someone the child knew, not a stranger. That being said, a little extra caution (and self-control for your children) never hurt anyone. 
Halloween is meant to be fun, and for many children, it’s the most fun holiday of the year. From all of u a Greater St. Cloud Public Safety, we hope you enjoy Halloween safely this year!