Make sure your family's Halloween stays as safe as possible with these expert tips.
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 areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.Photo by: Jemal Countess
Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
A responsible adult should accompany young children while Trick-or-Treating or attending any Halloween-related festivities. If someone older cannot supervise, Trick-or-Treat with a group.
Wear a costume that makes it easier for you to walk, see and be seen.
Tell children not to enter a home to get candy. Let the candy come to them.
Cross only at corners. Never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.
Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Photo by: Chris Hondros
Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.Photo by: Alexander Koerner
Flashlights and reflective clothing are recommended for use after dark.
Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.Photo by: Stephen Pond
Advise children never to accept vehicle rides from people unless they are on your "Safe List" - a list of trusted adults who you approve of transporting your children.
Parents should use extreme caution if they're driving during Trick-or-Treat hours.
MOST IMPORTANT is to advise children not to eat candy collected until you inspect it. Throw away any candy that is not properly wrapped. Also, a good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.