3 Essential Tips for Trick-or-Treat Safety

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Minimize the risk of tripping by helping your kids choose well fitting costumes. Photo By: Steven Depolo via Flickr, CC BY 2.0

The leaves are changing, jack-o-lanterns are appearing and the children … are getting scary! It’s Halloween in Georgia, and a good way to ensure everyone has an enjoyable time is with a little planning and safety-first parenting. Consider the following trick-or-treating safety tips to help your little ghouls have a frighteningly good time.

Never let your child trick-or-treat alone. Children should only trick-or-treat with a group that, depending on the age makeup, includes enough responsible adults to manage excited kids in costumes that might make it difficult for them to be seen, says MyFoxAtlanta News. A little reflective tape on costumes can also help here, ensuring that drivers can more easily see the group at night. If your kid wonders whether Superman wore reflective tape on his costume, the answer, of course, is “yes.”

Remind kids that that the rules about strangers still apply on party nights like Halloween, MyFoxAtlanta adds. That means your children should know to never enter the house or a car of a stranger, and to avoid cutting through strangers’ yards, dark alleys, and shadowy trails. The American Academy of Pediatrics also advises trick-or-treaters to stick to well-lit streets, sidewalks and established crosswalks.

Finally, dress appropriately and carry the right props. In addition to their candy sack, make sure each child carries a flashlight. It’s also helpful for adults to have a cellphone on hand in case of emergency, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. The Bibb County and Macon police departments suggests that costumes are made of fire-resistant fabrics (watch out for those jack-o-lanterns!) and are short enough around the feet that tripping dangers are minimized; costumes should not include any sharp props.

Of course, there are loads of other festivities on the docket, with family-friendly Halloween events slated for The Georgia AquariumSix Flags over Georgia and other venues. But, if you’re celebrating Halloween the old-fashioned way—trick-or-treating in your neighborhood—consider this final helpful reminder from American Academy of Pediatrics: Homes with porch lights on typically are more welcoming of trick-or-treaters.

Happy Halloween!

 

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