With Halloween trick-or-treating taking place this weekend, we thought this would be a good idea to share some good tips to make sure everyone has a safe and fun time.
- Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult. Older kids should stay in groups and let parents know where they are going.
- Use (non-toxic) face paint or makeup instead of masks, which may block vision. If wearing a mask make sure it fits well, and avoid wearing it while you are walking.
- Make it easier to be seen. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers. Use flashlights and glow sticks.
- Only go to homes with a porch light. Never enter a strangers home or car for treats.
- Cross at crosswalks, make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Watch for cars in driveways, do not cross between parked cars. Walk on sidewalks or paths.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Keep heads up, walk don’t run. Never dart out into the street, avoid running through yards and alleys.
- Adults put electronic devices down, remember this night is for children, and if you are not focused on them, bad things can happen. Only takes a second.
- Do not eat your goodies until a responsible adult has given their okay. Eat only factory wrapped candy, avoid home treats and unwrapped or suspicious items.
Tips for Parents and Homeowners:
- Young children should be with an adult
- Older children should know how to reach you in an emergency.
- Always know where your child is going and have a predetermined time when they should return home.
- Clear your yard of items such as hoses, rakes, toys, leashes, etc, to avoid accidental tripping.
- Avoid lighting your lanterns or pumpkins with a real flame.
- If using candles keep your walkways and porches clear.
On a more serious note:
- Know what other activities your children may be attending, such as parties, school or mall functions, If they are going to be at friends home, get phone number and meet parents.
- Explain to children of all ages the difference between harmless tricks and destructive vandalism. Remind them that clean up and damages can ruin Halloween for everyone. And if caught vandalizing they will be held accountable.
- Some people think its okay to hurt animals (cats) on this night. Explain to your children that animal cruelty of any kind is not acceptable and punishable by law.
- Make sure that your kids stay away from house that are not well lit, do not go into a home they do not know, get into a car, or go anywhere with a stranger.
- Tell your children what to do if someone confronts them: scream as loud as they can to draw attention and to run away as fast as they can to someplace safe.
NJC Printing would like everyone to have a safe and fun time this weekend. Please print these tips out share with your children and others.
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