You’ve already made sure that the house is decorated, the candy is bought, and costumes are made/purchased/cleaned; it is never too late to discuss some tips with your kids on how to be safe while out Trick or Treating.

Here are few tips before the spooky fun begins:

  • Always have a responsible adult accompany smaller children
  • Older kids going alone should always Trick or treat in groups; never alone!
  • Bring a flashlight with you; it gets dark earlier than you think this time of year!
  • Have glow sticks and/or glow necklaces available to help see where kids are at night.
  • Only visit well-lit houses.
  • Discuss a familiar route and set a curfew for older kids
  • Never enter a house you don’t know or don’t trust.
  • Never get into a car with a stranger.
  • Examine candy before it is eaten.
  • If you see something, say something. Tell your parent and contact local authorities of anything suspicious or dangerous.
  • For Kids with cell phones/smart devices make sure that tracking is on (i.e. Find my I phone)

For Homeowners:

  • Make sure all walkways are properly lit, avoid candles or any flames
  • Do not leave candy outside unattended
  • Keep pets inside and away from windows and doors as Trick or Treaters arrive
  • Only hand out wrapped candy and try to avoid major allergens if possible (i.e.: peanut butter, nuts)

Here are additional safety comments from Crime Stoppers

• Registered Sex offenders: You may have a few registered sex offenders in your neighborhood. If They should not have their front house lights on and should not be opening their door if a child knocks. Some cities host meetings for registered sex offenders on Halloween night to get them out of their house and account for them.

• Blue Halloween Buckets: blue Halloween buckets signify that the child might be non-verbal and therefore may not be capable of saying “trick-or-treat”. A mom of a non-verbal autistic child implemented this initiative to raise autism awareness.

• Food allergies: You may have kids with food allergies, the Teal Pumpkin Project encourages you to have a few non-food options available such as a small toy.

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