Trick-or-treating safety tips
Stay with a group.
It goes without saying that parents should accompany younger children when trick-or-treating, but even older kids and teens should stay in larger groups and avoid splitting up while out and about at night.
Plan a route for your older kids.
If your older kids are heading out in a group of friends without parental supervision, make sure they know and agree to a specified route that you’re comfortable with them staying on.
Carry a flashlight and wear reflective gear.
Don’t blend in with the darkness, as most streets are not closed to traffic during trick-or-treating hours. Make sure drivers can easily see you and your little ones.
Only stop at houses with a porch light on.
Well-lit homes are usually a sign that the homeowners are participating in trick-or-treating. Don’t walk up to a dark house, and teach children to never get into a car for candy.
Before letting your children dive into their bags of candy, check individual pieces for sharp objects or evidence that they might have been opened or tampered with.