Many organizations compile lists of safety tips, and below you can find some of our favorites.
Safe Kids Worldwide recommends the following:
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
- Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
- Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
And for those of you without little ghosts and goblins this year, popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during that time.