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The 6 Best Trick-or-Treat Tips

By Breyer Law Offices on October 31, 2017

Once fall hits, children are usually thinking about costumes, candy, and having fun with friends. Halloween is a much anticipated holiday for many, and while parents put a lot of time into preparing costumes and planning parties, they’re not always sure where to take their kids to trick-or-treat and how to do it safely.

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

It’s such a fun time of the year to be out and about, interacting with friends and neighbors and celebrating the season. However, because daylight hours are shorter and costumes can be cumbersome, visibility is lower during this holiday. There are more people and young children on the streets, and the likelihood of an accident increases. Here are some tips to keep your family safe.

1. Think safety when costume planning: Don’t add potentially dangerous objects to costumes. Choose soft swords, knives, and fairy wands. Add a few reflective strips to the costume with reflective tape so your child is more visible to drivers. Use makeup sparingly and make sure your child is old enough not to rub it into his eyes or mouth. Costumes should also fit well in order to avoid tripping hazards and being snagged on bushes and signs.
2. Stay together: Families should walk together and make sure to hold their younger children by the hand when crossing streets. Everyone should walk on sidewalks in well-lit neighborhoods.
3. Have a plan for treats: Some families use the “Switch Witch” book and game, which allows children to swap out some or all of their candy for a gift from the witch. Others talk about how much candy they can eat per day, and what candies children might be allergic to and must throw away or give to friends. Parents should remove candies that pose a choking hazard for younger children. No one should eat candy that is unwrapped or seems tampered with in any way.
4. Take a flashlight: Make sure you can see and that drivers can see you.
5. Remind your children that they should never enter anyone’s home or car: They can wait on the porch for candy and they should only visit well-lit houses with their trusted group.
6. When driving, stay at or under the speed limit and don’t get distracted: It’s possible that people will be crossing the road and children could run out into the street.

If you or a loved one experiences an injury during this holiday season because of someone else’s carelessness, let us know. While we hope everyone has a safe and fun experience, we know that sometimes accidents happen, and it’s nice to have someone on your side.

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