Halloween is an evening of fun, costumes and candy. To make sure this spooky night is a safe one, parents and children should follow these safety rules.
Eating the treats
- What to eat? Only unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. By all means, remind kids not to eat everything at once or they will be feeling pretty ghoulish for a while.
- Check out all threats at home in a well- lit place before allowing your child to consume them.
- Kids need to know not to eat their treats until they get home. One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in while they are still out is to feed them a meal or substantial snack beforehand.
Parents and kids can avoid trick-or-treat troubles by organizing a Halloween costume party with treats, games, contests, music, scary stories and much more. Make your Halloween party the place to be!
Preparing ghost and goblins for their trick and treats
- Make sure older kids go out with friends. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. If you live in a rural area, offer all kids a ride in the car.
- Set a time limit for children to trick-or-treat.
- Remind children to never enter a strangers' house or vehicle.
- Try to get children to trick-or-treat while it is still light out. If it is dark, make sure children are carrying flashlights that work and use well lit streets.
Make sure your kids dress up safely
- Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls and other bumps in the night.
- Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and, more importantly, they can obstruct a child's vision – a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
- Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
- Trick-or-treaters always should be in groups so they aren't a tempting target for real-life monsters. Parents should always accompany young children.
Contact the Rogers Police Department at 763-428-3450 for more information.