Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters, Drivers and Homeowners
Watch out! Soon the streets will be crowded with vampires, zombies and maybe even a princess or two. Halloween is just around the corner, and kids from Buckeye to Ahwatukee will be looking for a sweet treat to fill their candy baskets. Whether you’re driving on Halloween, at home handing out candy or chaperoning a group of kiddos, it’s important to be prepared and stay safe. The Children’s Safety Zone of Arizona offers up the following Beggar’s Night tips to keep kids, adults and homeowners alert and prepared for a good holiday.
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Shoes should fit well and costumes should be hemmed so that children don’t trip over their clothing.
- Add reflective tape to outfits and to bags so that children can be more visible while walking throughout the night.
- If you buy or make a costume, use materials that are flame-resistant.
- Shoes should fit well, and costumes should be hemmed so that children don’t trip over their clothing.
- Masks can decrease a child’s visibility. Consider using non-toxic makeup or decorative hats instead.
- If a child’s costume includes an object like a cane, sword or stick, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child can be hurt by these accessories if they trip or fall.
On the Hunt for Candy
- Always walk with flashlights or glow sticks.
- Adult chaperones should accompany children at all times. Offer alternatives to tweens who are looking to venture out on their own, such as following behind them or taking out younger siblings separately.
- Walk in familiar neighborhoods or pre-plan where you will trick-or-treat. Make sure children know to call 911 if they get lost, or designate a place for children to meet if they are separated from the group.
- Always use designated street corners or crosswalks, where drivers will be on the lookout for children. Never dart out from behind parked vehicles.
- Respect property and homes in the neighborhood. Don’t run through yards, touch parked vehicles or tamper with decorations.
- Houses with lit-up front porches usually welcome trick-or-treaters. Those that are dark are probably not participating.
- Parents should inspect candy baskets for open packages or foods that are not commercially made.
- In Arizona, trick-or-treat night coincides with Halloween, Oct. 31, no matter what day of the week it falls on. Kids will be out and about beginning at sunset until around 8:30 p.m.
- Drive slowly through residential areas. Most children will be traveling in groups, so be on the lookout.
- Back out of alleys or driveways with more caution than usual, as pedestrian traffic will be heavier.
- Pets: Keep animals, even if they’re friendly, indoors. They may frighten children or accidentally get loose.
- Open flames: Keep Jack o’ Lanterns safe by using battery-operated lights, rather than candles. Don’t set them near areas where children will be walking or congregating.
- Walkways: Remove any objects that might be in the way for trick-or-treaters coming to your door. Objects could include garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations. If you’re able to, light the path for easier navigation.
Halloween should be a night when a spooky scare is all in good fun. These simple guidelines can help ensure your Beggar’s Night is a safe one. Happy Halloween!
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