Trick or Treating – 6 Helpful Tips for Staying Safe This Halloween

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Halloween is a fun time of year when children dress up in costumes and go door to door trick or treating for candy. It can be a lot of fun for both kids and adults, but it is important to make sure you are safe when trick or treating. The list below highlights some safety tips that you should follow to stay extra safe on Halloween night. 

Plan Your Route in Advance  

Be sure to take the time to plan out where you plan on trick or treating before you head out for the night. This allows you to be safe, by ensuring you are not wandering into unknown areas. The last thing you want to do is get lost in the dark on Halloween night with exhausted kids. Take time to plan out your trick or treating route prior to leaving the house.  For some tips on how you can plan your trick or treating route, visit SquareCow here.

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Make Sure Everyone Is Well Lit  

Make sure everyone has light or reflective gear on for Halloween night. This is not just for the kids, anyone who is out in the dark trick or treating should be wearing a light or something reflective as well.  Some glow sticks come in handy to help add a little light to Halloween costumes. It is a great idea to add lanterns and lights to wagons and strollers as you are walking around.

Another great idea is to get battery operated light up necklaces or accessories to ensure there are plenty of bright lights so people can clearly see you. Make sure you have several flashlights with you to light up walkways and driveways so you know where you are walking. Using flashlights, you can discover hidden holes or other dangers that you may not be able to see in the dark.  

Walk, Don’t Run 

When going from house to house on Halloween night it is important to walk and not run. Running can cause you to fall or trip, resulting in injury. You also want to make sure you are walking on driveways and sidewalks to avoid any hidden dangers throughout people’s yards.  

Pay Attention When Crossing The Street 

Make sure you are crossing in crosswalks when necessary. If you are in a neighborhood make sure you cross at corners to avoid running in front of traffic. It is important to look both ways and pay attention to cars as it is dark on Halloween, and everyone may not be able to see you. It’s important to be extra vigilant and use extra caution when walking in front of traffic in the dark.  

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Don’t Go Trick or Treating Alone 

As kids get older they want to venture off and do their own thing. It is important to make sure no one is trick or treating alone. This can be dangerous so always use the buddy system when trick or treating.  This could be a fun time for kids to spend more time with their friends.

Watch Out for Flammable Decorations 

Halloween is a time of year when many people light up their jack-o-lanterns and light candles outside. Make sure when you are going from house to house you pay attention to the decorations and ensure you are not knocking over candles or walking into fire pits. Be cautious of fires and other decorations that can cause your costume to catch on fire. 

Safe Trick or Treating

Hopefully these tips can help you stay safe this year when trick or treating. You can be safe and still have tons of fun. Happy Trick or Treating from Ellingwood Pro! For more interesting blogs, visit our Pro Blog page.


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