Red Cross Halloween Safety Tips for Kids and
With witches, goblins, and super-heroes descending on
neighborhoods across America, the American Red Cross offers parents some
safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable
trick-or-treat holiday. Halloween should be filled with surprise and
enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer
and more fun.
- Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street.
- Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks,
and low-flying brooms.
- Cross the street only at corners.
- Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars.
- Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more
visible. (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and
- Plan your route and share it with your family. If possible, have an
adult go with you.
- Carry a flashlight to light your way.
- Keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely
- Visit homes that have the porch light on.
- Accept your treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.
- Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover your
- Be cautious of animals and strangers.
- Have a grown-up inspect your treats before eating. And don't eat
candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are
a choking hazard for young children.
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