Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween
How to Trick or Treat Safely
By now, you've probably picked out your Halloween costume, you know how to trick or treat, and are ready to collect ten pounds of candy from houses nearby. However, do you know how to trick or treat safely? Whether you are a curious kid, or a cautious parent of an enthusiastic trick or treater, it's never too late to pick up a few tips!
Carry some form of illumination at all times.If your child is out trick-or-treating alone this year, have them hold a flashlight just in case. If you are going out with your child, you can carry it for them. There are also light-up shoes which flash different colours as your child is walking. You can also find glow rods or bracelets. They are sure to be seen on even the darkest of Halloween nights.
Plan out your trick or treating route before Halloween.If your child is old enough to go on their own, but young enough to get lost, make a trick or treat route for them the day before. Check the area for dangers, such as broken sidewalks, large cracks, potholes, construction work, etc. Even though your child may want to go trick or treating in a less crowded area of town, keep in mind that these areas are sometimes deserted for a reason. There could be a crime watch, homes without sweets, or even just bad candy. Although, sometimes these places are perfectly fine. There are ups and downs for every section of a neighbourhood, and it's the discretion of the parent or trick or treater where to go.
Trick or treat in groups.This step is extremely important if the child doesn't have a cellphone. A group of three to ten is generally okay. Make sure that the group will stay on task, meaning they won't drop the candy bags and get into mischief as soon as they are out of your sight (see Warnings below).
Wear comfortable footwear.Sneakers are preferred. Flip flops may seem fashionable at first, but after two hours of the shoe cutting into your big toe, it won't be as fun as it sounds. The same goes for Heelys, and other rollerblades. These are dangerous shoes, and could result in a serious injury. Make sure that the shoe fits, and that the laces are tied correctly. It's a common misfortune when a kid loses their shoe for a second, and it disappears into the Halloween night.
- Just in case, if your you or your child has special shoes for their Halloween costume, bring a back up pair, that you know will be comfortable. This way, your trick or treating won't have to end earlier than you expected because you or your child cannot walk anymore in their shoes.
Make sure the mask is comfortable.Many masks (i.e., Spiderman, Grim Reaper, Ninja Turtle, etc.) do not provide air holes large enough for breathing, or may not have air holes at all. Before buying it, make sure that it has holes for eyes, nose, and mouth. If the child thinks it's not big enough, carefully cut them larger. It may be a hassle, but you'll be thankful in the long run when you can breathe easily after an hour of trick or treating.
Dress according to the weather.A short-cut cheerleader costume may not be such a good idea in forty degree weather, and vice versa for warmer areas. Bring along a jacket just in case, and be aware of the weather for that night.
Check suspicious candy.Although there have been reports of tampered candy, they are mostly false or lies. Even though it's highly unlikely, you should still probably check any candy with torn wrappers, as this may involve tampering.Before eating any of your food, lay it out once you get home to make sure you are only eating unopened candy. If your child is under ten, go through this activity with them. They should also be aware to never eat food they collect as they are trick or treating for this reason.
Avoid unlit houses.If a house doesn't have any lights on, isn't attracting much attention, or is overall uninviting, the owners may not want to participate in Halloween. Respect their wishes, anddon't ring the doorbell!Some children will insist on 'making sure they're not home' by ringing the doorbell, or rapping on the door obnoxiously. Not only could this annoy the people inside the house, but it could wake them up, or interrupt them during important work. Remember, there's always other houses.
Follow street safety rules.This includes;
- Cross at crosswalks or streets without any traffic.
- Stay on sidewalks.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk near the curb, facing traffic.
- Never assume a car will see you.
QuestionWhat does it mean "assume a car will never see you"?Community AnswerIt may look like the driver is paying attention, but he/she could be texting or speeding, and won't have enough time to stop.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if the person handing out candy invites me in?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDon't go into a stranger's house, no matter what. Tell them "no, thank you," and walk away, even if that means you don't get candy at that house. If they try to insist, run.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if my Halloween candy bag gets to heavy?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf it gets too heavy, maybe you have enough candy and it's time to go home. However, you could bring a backpack as an extra bag and store some candy in there, or circle back to your house and drop some candy off and then go back out.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if, when the door opens, it's someone I know who is a bully?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDon't look or act surprised. Treat him kindly, thank him for the candy, and move on.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if no one comes with me?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThat could be dangerous. If you're very young, you should at least go with a parent. If not, make sure you carry a light or glow sticks with you. Don't enter the home of anyone you don't know very well.Thanks!
QuestionDo I go with the children?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, it's a smart idea to join children while trick or treating to avoid possible dangers.Thanks!
QuestionDo I really have to go with a group if I have a younger sibling with me?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYour younger sibling won't be able to help protect you if a stranger or abductor attacks you. Going with a group of people (and ideally with at least one adult) makes it much less likely that you'd be seen as a potential target by someone with bad motives.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if I can't go trick or treating?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWear a costume and pass out candy.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if I can't wear my costume because it's cold outside?Tan.nix8347Community AnswerIf you can't wear your costume, at least wear non-toxic make-up and find an outfit that matches with the make-up that you have on. You could also try wearing something under your costume or a coat over your costume if your parents will allow it.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I convince my parents I'm old enough to trick-or-treat on my own? (I'm 14.)Tan.nix8347Community AnswerTell them that you are more responsible than you used to be. Tell them that you really want to go by yourself and that you want to be trusted with this opportunity because it might be your last time trick-or-treating, and that you want to make it the best Halloween possible.Thanks!
- If you're a child, then be sure that you have an adult check the candy before eating. If you're an adult, then check your child's candy before you allow them to eat it. A good way to do this is to check their candy as they say they want to eat it. For example, if they want a lollipop, inspect that, then allow them to either eat it or tell them not to, and explain why.
- Bring a second trick or treating bag with you, just in case the one you are using breaks, or it happens to get full quickly. This will prevent you from having to end your trick or treating early.
- Even if you feel you do not have to go, be sure to at least try to go to the bathroombeforeyou set out to trick or treat. Doing this can prevent some uncomfortable various situations from happening while you are out trick or treating.
- Bring along a bottle of water with you. Even if you think you will not be thirsty, it is still a good idea to have a bottle with you, in case it does end up happening.
- Make sure your costume doesn't drag on the ground. Not only could it injure you if you trip on an uneven sidewalk, but it can also trip other unsuspecting trick or treaters!
- Be sure that you always go to the front door of a house, and not the back. If there is a sign on the house saying to use the back door, skip that house and move on.
- Have a time set that you should be home by. This can be anywhere from six to ten at night, depending on age and maturity. This also should depend on your town's trick or treat times, which should be listed on your town's website. Make sure you obey these while you are trick or treating.
- If you are in a new area, try to find out from local people where there are good places to trick or treat, or if they do it at all.
- Be careful while walking up steps to a house. Some steps are very steep. This is a good reason for bringing some type of light, so that you can shine it on steps that you are about to go up.
- Sometimes, sexual predators or anyone bad, have signs put up by the police to prevent anyone from getting hurt. If they do, then be sure that you take note of these signs and skip the house.
- Have a big, hearty dinner before going out to trick or treat. This will resist your urge to eat candy as you collect it, and wait until it's home and confirmed safe.
- If you have a prop that goes along with your costume, (i.e., knife, sword, saber), make sure it's flexible. Alternatively, if you think it may be a hindrance, then consider not bringing it trick or treating at all. You'll still be in your costume, so it won't totally be bad.
- Spread safety tips that you know to your friends and family. This will not only help you have a safe Halloween, but it'll help them as well.
- If the trick or treater is under ten, and if your town's trick or treating hours allow it, consider having them go out while it is still daylight.
- If a trick or treater just doesn't seem to be ready for the safety merits of the holiday, consider going to a costume party or something else that doesn't include trick or treating, but still is in 'the spirit of Halloween'.
- Do not eat candy with open wrappers, or foods that don't require wrapping. Instead, dispose of these immediately.
- Make sure that trick or treating is all the child will be doing outside. Going to a movie or a Halloween party afterwards is fine, however, tossing eggs at cars and toilet-papering houses is not.
- Stay away from animals! Even if it is a familiar animal; such as a cat or dog; ignore it and walk away. If you are trick or treating at a house that tells you that you may pet their animal, feel free to.
- Walk, don't run. It will be dark, so it's easy to trip over or run into something.
- Do notaccept candy with a damaged wrapper, or looks like it has been opened or tampered with. Throw these out immediately. Examine the candy first before eating. Once it has passed the safety test, it's safe for you to dig in!
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