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Trick or Treating Safety Tips

Updated on September 13, 2012

Trick or Treating in Safety

Kids of all ages enjoy trick or treating on Halloween. It is an excuse to get creative and dress up in your favorite costume, and go out and fill up a pillowcase full of candy!

In recent years trick or treating has been slammed with stories of parents finding razor blades and needles in their children's Halloween candy. While this is mostly just urban myths, it is in everyone's best interest to take safety precautions to keep their kids safe this Halloween.

In this lens you will find tips for trick or treating safety, and instructions on how to properly inspect your child's candy before letting them dig in.

Take the steps to keep your kids safe this year, and every year, while keeping the trick or treating tradition alive!

Parents, bring a flashlight! - hold the light while your kids collect candy

Trick or Treating Safety Tips - Help keep Halloween a positive experience!

  • Carry a flashlight so you can see more of your surroundings and drivers can see you as well.
  • Attach glowsticks to your kids, or to their bags for better visibility.
  • Use reflector tape in your costume if it is homemade (try and make it part of the design).
  • Take younger children out just before it gets dark (older kids tend to flood the streets after dark).
  • NEVER go into a strangers house, even if they ask you nicely.
  • Throw away any unwrapped candy, or homemade treats from strangers.
  • Do not pet other people's animals while in costume because the pet may not understand the costume and get frightened (typically you should never pet someone else's animal unless invited to).
  • Do not knock on doors where the lights are off - not everyone participates in Halloween, and when the lights are off it is usually code for "please don't knock on my door". Or, they might just not be home..
  • Have a planned route before you start, especially if you are letting your older children go out on their own. This way you know where to look for them if needed.
  • Make sure your kids have a cell phone if they are trick or treating without an adult.

What age is it okay for your kids to trick or treat alone?

I know that everyone's situation is different, and this weighs heavily on where you live as well.

At what age is it appropriate for your kids to trick or treat alone?

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What to look for when checking candy - when in doubt, chuck it!

  • Homemade treats from people you don't know.
  • Unwrapped candy - this is just gross, even if it is not Halloween.
  • Fruit (your kids probably don't want it anyway).
  • Torn wrappers (even small tears).
  • Anything that could be a choking hazard for small children.
  • Anything that looks tampered with, or suspicious in any way.

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