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Going trick-or-treating? Make sure the night is fun and safe

Posted Oct. 26, 2012

For many people, autumn events like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties and eat yummy treats. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks, get some physical activity and focus on safety.

Here are tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests:

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with an adult. Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always walk and don’t run from house to house. Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls. Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

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