SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Press Release) — Halloween is just days away, and little ghosts, pirates and super heroes will soon take to the streets for trick-or-treat fun. The Dakotas Region of the American Red Cross has tips to help everyone stay safe while enjoying the festivities.
Ten Tips for a Safe Halloween
- Make sure trick-or-treaters can see and be seen.
- Use face makeup instead of masks. Masks can make it hard to see.
- Give kids a flashlight to light their way.
- Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Have everyone wear light-colored clothing.
- Use flame-resistant costumes.
- Plan the trick-or-treat route in advance – make sure adults know where their children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children door-to-door in neighborhoods.
- Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.
- Walk, don’t run.
- Only visit homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside.
- Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
- Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
- Don’t cut across yards or use alleys.
- Don’t cross between parked cars.
- Use extra caution if driving. The youngsters are excited and may forget to look both ways before crossing.
- Make sure a grown-up checks the goodies before eating.
- Remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards.
- Discard any items with brand names that you are not familiar with.
Welcoming Kids on Halloween
- Light the area well so young visitors can see.
- Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps. Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.