PHOTOS: Halloween trick-or-treating safety tips
Before you head out into the night with your friends or with a child, make sure you all understand these best practices while trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
When possible, choose face paint over masks, which can obstruct a child's vision. Also, use reflective tapes or material when possible so as to be seen by drivers.
Before you head out, plan a route to follow through your neighborhood. It will make it easier for you to know where to go and for your child to know where to head.Photo by: Wikimedia Commons
Make sure you keep your home's lights on and yard safe enough to welcome trick-or-treaters of all ages. Keep your porch lights on when you're able to (we know decorations might require them off) and keep walkways clear for people to make their way to your door.Photo by: Wikimedia Commons
Children younger than 12 should trick-or-treat with an adult. If kids are more mature, they should still trick-or-treat in a group.
Remember to thoroughly check you child's candy haul Halloween night. Inspect that no candies have been tampered with and that everything is safe for consumption.
Generally, popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. As a driver, be especially on alert for children during those hours.
Children should never carve pumpkins alone or without the help of an adult. Also, jack o' lantern pumpkins shouldn't be left unattended when there is an active flame inside.
Dress you child in a costume that fits appropriately and doesn't put them at risk of tripping or falling. Kids may ran and get excited going door-to-door.
Make sure you keep track of young ones running through the neighborhood and keep them on the sidewalk. Remind your children of road safety, looking both ways before crossing the street, and watching for drivers who may not be paying attention.
Have your child carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and so that they are seen by drivers.
Make sure any prop knifes or blades you or your child are using with a costume are safe, soft, and flexible.Photo by: Credit: Mike Rollerson/The Haunted Hotel