Halloween can be celebrated in a myriad of ways.  Whether you head to a costume party, out to the streets to trick or treat with the kiddos, or even just send the kiddos out on their own while you stay back and hand out candy, there are always risks to you and your family.

However, there are plenty of ways to protect our families and ourselves while celebrating Halloween, and its as simple as the tips and tricks listed below:

  • Supervise your children – the best way to keep your children safe is to accompany them when they trick or treat. If you can’t do that, ensure that another parent or older sibling is with them, or have them utilize a buddy system!  They should never trick or treat alone.
  • Wear bright colors or reflective clothing to ensure that you and your children are visible to motorists and other trick or treaters.
  • Carry a flashlight – this allows you to be more visible and allows you to see your walking path more clearly.
  • Make sure to use crosswalks, as they are the safest place, and the legal place to cross the street.
  • Only go to houses with their lights on – some people don’t participate in Halloween festivities, and houses with their lights off have decreased visibility.
  • Inspect the candy – unfortunately, people will try and mess with candy that they are giving out for Halloween. Make sure that you inspect and discard any candy that’s unwrapped or unsealed.
  • Be prepared for an emergency – do your children know your home phone number, or do they have a cell available to call 911 if necessary? Ensuring these things ensures your children’s safety in case of an emergency.
  • Try to avoid driving – Pedestrian traffic is at its peak during trick or treat hours, so its always best to avoid driving as much as possible. If you have to drive, be especially attentive for pedestrian traffic, and definitely don’t drink and drive.
  • Tips for homeowners
    • Keep steps and lawns clear of trip hazards to avoid any injuries to trick or treaters.
    • Put your pets away – Halloween is accompanied by sights and sounds that pets may not be used to and could lead them to exhibit aggressive behaviors.
    • Keep pathways well lit to ensure trick or treaters can see where they’re going.
    • Stick to store bought treats – parents and children are much more comfortable with treats that come in a sealed wrapped rather than a Ziploc bag.

If you follow these tips and tricks, you can ensure that you and your family will have a spooky, enjoyable, and safe Halloween!