Trick-or-treating safety tips

Kids dressed up for Trick-Or-Treating

Long gone are the days of trick-or-treating for me, but I still remember the excitement of dressing up in a cool costume (my favorite was a homemade pirate outfit) and touring the neighborhood to fill up my oversized pillowcase with candy. Parents, check out these six safety tips from The American Academy of Pediatrics to keep Halloween fun and accident-free!

  1. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  2. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar, well-lit areas and trick-or-treat in a group.
  3. Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as "one size fits all," or "no need to see an eye specialist," obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is dangerous. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders.
  4. Choose face paint and makeup instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.
  5. When selecting a costume, make sure it's the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  6. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

What are some of your favorite trick-or-treating safety tips?



Related articles

You may also like

A smiling child in car seat.

Keeping your most precious cargo safe on the road

There are enough things to worry about when taking care of children, making sure they are safe in the car should be second nature...

Read the article

A toy car that has crashed.

Distracted driving — Not worth the risk

This story has a happy ending because the most serious consequence was that my van was totaled. But statistics tell us that things could have been much worse. Here are some scary facts...

Read the article

A car thief attempting to break into a car.

Car theft prevention tips

Cars are stolen all the time and at any time. It's important to make sure yours is less susceptible to theft. Use our car theft prevention tips...

Read the article