As all the superheroes, ghosts and princesses head out for Halloween, there are some safety tips to keep in mind so everyone experiences all treats and no tricks.
According to St. Joseph Safety and Health Council Executive Director Sheldon Lyon, safety starts with the costume.
“As parents, it’s important that we get a costume that’s appropriate for our kids, that’s comfortable. Make sure that whatever costume they have, kids can see well while they’re out, they don’t fall down or maybe they can’t see a car that’s approaching,” Lyon said. “It’s always a good idea, too, to take a flashlight or some type of reflective material so the traffic that is out is able to see you.”
Anyone out driving during trick-or-treating hours should be extra cautious and keep an eye out for costumed pedestrians.
“Watch out for these young children that are going to be out and about,” Lyon said. “We’re probably going to see them in areas we don’t normally see them, coming out of that driveway suddenly, maybe. So just be on your guard, slow down, drive a little bit slower in those neighborhoods than you normally would.”
Lyon said when children get home from trick-or-treating, it’s important to examine the candy.
“We want store bought candy,” Lyon said. “I know there are people out there that like to make the homemade treats but I would stay away from those. If anything looks suspicious, the saying, ‘When in doubt, throw it out,’ is very appropriate.”
Trick-or-treaters may also want to bundle up as the forecast is calling for temperatures in the upper 30s in the late afternoon and evening.