Halloween Safety Tips to Have a safe and
KNOW THE RULE
1. Instruct your older children to TAKE
FRIENDS when “Trick or Treating.” 2. Make sure a TRUSTED ADULT, an older
child, or you accompany your younger children when “Trick or Treating.” A
trusted adult is a person parents/guardians have come to rely on and with whom
they and their children feel comfortable. Discuss with your child who will
accompany him or her and make sure you are both comfortable with the choice.
3. Accompany, or make sure a trusted adult accompanies, your younger
children to the door of every home they approach. Become familiar with each home
your child visits and the people who are providing Halloween treats to your
4. Teach your children to only enter homes with your prior
permission and only approach homes that are well-lit both inside and outside.
5. Teach your children to NEVER approach a vehicle unless they are
accompanied by you, even if it appears no one is inside the vehicle.
Make sure your children wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight or glow
stick when traveling during the evening hours.
7. Make sure your
children are able to see and breathe properly and easily when using facial
masks. All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.
8. Teach your children to always stay in well-lit areas, never take
shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.
9. Teach your children to
stay alert for any suspicious incidents and report anything unusual to you
and/or law enforcement. Teach your children if anyone tries to grab them to draw
attention to themselves and loudly yell “This person is trying to take me,” or
“This person is not my father/mother.” Instruct your children to make every
effort to escape by walking, running, or pulling away; yelling; kicking;
attracting attention; and/or otherwise resisting. Consider organizing or
attending parties at home, in schools, or in community centers as a good
alternative to “Trick or Treating.”