Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes the most hectic for parents and guardians. The Halloween, take a moment to consider basic safety precautions that will make your children's Halloween a safer night of fun.
Choose bright, flame-retardant costumes (Hint - Add reflective tape to costumes and candy bags!)
Make sure children know their home phone number and address in case you get separated
Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets
Teach children to say "No!" in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them
Teach them how to call 911 in an emergency
Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats
Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not unless you are with them
Discuss basic pedestrian safety rules when walking to and from houses
Don't let children enter a home unless you are with them
Never send younger children out alone - they should be with a parent or guardian, or another trusted adult
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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
This page was adapted from Halloween Safety Tips from NetSmartz.org, a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.