By: Marta Rusek
Halloween is just around the corner, and neighborhoods are gearing up for a fun night of trick-or-treating. Are you and your loved ones ready to celebrate and encourage a safer evening for all? Whether you’re giving out candy, accompanying a trick-or-treater, or planning to bring your pooch out on the candy route, here are a few helpful hints for everyone who’s planning to enjoy spook-tacular activities on Halloween night.
For Trick-or-Treaters: Before you or your younger siblings venture out in search of tasty treats, make sure your costumes can be seen when it gets dark outside – that means wearing lighter colors or adding reflective tape to your outfit or bag. Using make-up instead of a mask is also a good idea, since a mask can make it hard to see when you’re walking from door to door or crossing the road. Before the witching hour begins, confirm with your parents where you’ll be trick-or-treating and when it’s time to come home for the night.
Once you’re out and about, walk on the sidewalks and use a flashlight to illuminate your path. Look both ways when you cross the street, and cross at the corner, not between parked cars where drivers may not be able to see you. Only visit houses with the porch light on, and always take treats from the front door. Never go inside a house to get your Halloween goodies!
For Parents and Chaperones: Younger children need a parent or responsible adult to go with them. Those bags of candy can get heavy, and little ghosts and ghouls will need to hold your hand when crossing the street. For children who are older and eager to trick-or-treat without an adult this year, make sure you know where they’re going and confirm a plan around checking in by phone or in-person along the candy route. A grown-up should check the goodies before eating.
It’s also important to communicate what to do in case of an emergency. Even if the child in your life is older and able to look out for themselves, being close by and ready to help if they trip on their costume or experience an allergic reaction is a good safety precaution. If you need a course in First Aid and CPR this fall season, check out our website for the next available class.
For Neighbors Giving Out Treats: Sweep leaves and anything else that may be slippery from your front porch or steps, and let trick-or-treaters know you’re there and ready to give them candy by making your front door area well-lit.
For Drivers: Whether you’re dropping off trick-or-treaters, delivering food, or earning extra cash picking up passengers with a rideshare app, be extra careful and cautious as you drive. The excitement of Halloween and gathering copious amounts of candy may cause children to forget to look both ways before they cross the street.
For Pet Owners: If you have an excitable pet that doesn’t do well with loud noises (like lots of kids screaming “Trick or Treat!!!”), secure your furry family member in a calm room with their favorite toy or a Halloween treat they can enjoy throughout the evening. If you’re planning on bringing your dog with you for the evening’s festivities, keep them on a leash and don’t be afraid to establish boundaries around who can and probably shouldn’t pet them.
Happy haunting, and may the treats be ever in your favor!