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Halloween safety

Parents, check out these tips from MLA LAW to help make Halloween festivities fun and safe for your kids while trick-or-treating:

  • Have your kids go trick-or-treating with a group of friends and a trusted adult
  • Take a flashlight while trick-or-treating (it comes in handy!)
  • Affix reflective tape to costume or trick-or-treat bag so that drivers will be able to see you
  • Check your treats thoroughly for openings, tampering and choking hazards before consuming them
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats; stay away from eating homemade treats made by strangers
  • Buy/wear well-fitting costumes, masks and shoes in order to minimize trips, falls and other injuries
  • Always look both ways before crossing the street and use designated crosswalks
  • Walk on sidewalks, if not possible walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic
  • Do not walk near lit candles or luminaries; costumes do catch on fire!
  • Do not approach or enter homes of strangers; only visit well-lit houses
  • Do not accept rides from strangers
  • Going trick-or-treating equals a healthy daily dose of physical activity
  • If teenagers are going on their own, agree on a specific route and time they should return home
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, be attentive; do not run across the street
  • Remind other parents/neighbors to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely in the neighborhood
  • Teach kids to call 9-1-1 in an emergency situation or if they become lost
  • Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs
  • Carry a cell phone for quick communication
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, driveways, alleys, sidewalks and on curbs
  • Be different this year:  distribute healthful treats or non-food items
  • Have fun!

By keeping Halloween a fun, safe and happy holiday for your kids, they will look forward to upcoming years of Halloween fun!

Happy Halloween from everyone at Morici, Longo & Associates!