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Trick or Treating Safety Tips

Updated on September 17, 2014

Basic safety tips can keep your children safe while trick or treating on Halloween night

Halloween is a night anticipated and looked forward to by millions of children every year. It's little wonder seeing it's a night devoted to costumes, tricks and lots of treats. I don't ever want to teach my children to live in fear however as a parent I can never ignore potentially dangerous situations without taking the necessary precautions to ensure my children's safety. There are some added dangers about the night so it's important to take precautions. A couple key tips for Halloween trick or treating safety can assuage your fears and leave the kids to a fun filled evening where no one gets hurt.

Avoid Candles or Luminaries

Avoid walking near any lit candles or luminaries. Make sure children are dressed in flame resistant Halloween costumes. If you use candles or luminaries to decorate your home or yard use flameless candles. They make specific indoor/outdoor sets such as this set of 9 that includes a remote control and timer.

Use Caution with Halloween Candy

Eat only factory sealed Halloween candy and treats. The only time you should eat a homemade treat is if you know the neighbor handing out that treat. If the giver is unknown to you, discreetly remove that treat from your child's bag once you're no longer in vision of the house. Keep it separate to ensure it doesn't get consumed.When you get home inspect your child's bag of candy to ensure it doesn't look tampered with and to remove any choke hazards.

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Street Safety on Halloween

Ensure that your children are visible to passing cars by using several pieces of reflective tape across their back and shoulders.As always teach children to look both ways before crossing the street. Just because it's Halloween no one should assume it's safe to walk in the middle of the street.Never go out alone. Always walk in groups or with a trusted adult. Do not enter a stranger's home.

Be prepared for the worst case scenario

Bring a cell phone with you when going trick or treating. Prior to leaving attach an emergency identification tag discreetly to your children's costumes. This will help you be reunited if by some chance they do get separated from you in the crowd. Talk with them prior to leaving the house about what your expectations are and what to do if they get lost.

Be safe when using face paint

Test face paint and make-up in a small area particularly for small children. Make sure they don't have a reaction before applying it to the entire face. Thoroughly wash face before bed to avoid irritation.

© 2012 Melissa Miotke

Do you feel safe on Halloween or do you take extra safety precautions while trick or treating?

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Safety should always come first!

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Love this lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We need to take precautions especially in case of kids, we never know suddenly something can conjure.

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      Gregory Moore 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      We feel pretty safe in our neighborhood, but still take precautions and watch the kids like hawks.

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      stevel58 5 years ago

      excellent lens great topic very worthwhile

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      dragonlildragon 5 years ago

      Vey good lens and solid safety tips.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We travel in a pack. I walk with my kids every year.

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      Halloween is a time when people act goofy. The most dangerous thing? Cars!

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      Merstarr 5 years ago

      I do now that I live in a safer community, but in years past, not so much. Especially when those make-shift masked teens would show up at the door.. sometimes, I must admit, I decided to run out of candy early. Looking forward to feeling safer this year out trick-or-treating with my little ones