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Halloween tips: Trick-or-treat safely

There are many hazards to consider, like pedestrian awareness, safe costumes and cautious driving, on Halloween night.

Oct. 26. Halloween is fun for all ages. But this holiday can be worrisome for some parents.

While Halloween is all fun and games, the truth is it can be dangerous for your little trick-or-treaters if certain precautions aren’t taken. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

Dr. Nicole Ivanov, pediatrician at Atrium Health Levine Children’s Mountain Island Pediatrics, says to start with having a conversation with your children about safety. “They might not realize how many dangers are lurking on Halloween night. It’s not meant to scare them – more so to make them aware.”

Drivers — use extra caution as youngsters may forget to look both ways before crossing.

Tips for parents

—Carry a glow stick or flashlight and/or use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags while also wearing light-colored clothing to help drivers better see trick-or-treaters.

—Chaperone kids under the age of 12 while trick-or-treating. Teens, who are 13 years old and up, should check in regularly with their parents/guardians and stick to visiting nearby and well-known neighborhoods.

—Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic.

—Remind kids to cross the street at corners or crosswalks after looking left, right and left again.

—Choose a costume that fits properly to prevent trips and falls. Even consider face paint over masks that can limit a child’s vision

—Make sure your headlights are on, slow down and be alert. Kids are excited on Halloween and may dart into the street.

—Check your child’s trick-or-treat bag for any candy that appears to be tampered with or homemade goods.

—Instruct your child to throw away any unsealed treats.

The American Red Cross offers these tips

Trick-or-treaters need to see and be seen. Face makeup can be a better option than masks.

Here are the top tips to keep in mind while getting kids ready for Halloween this year:

—Trick-or-treaters need to see and be seen. Use face makeup instead of masks which could make seeing difficult. Give trick-or-treaters a flashlight to light their way. Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags. If possible, have everyone wear light-colored clothing.

—Use flame-resistant costumes.

—Make sure adults know where the kids are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children door-to-door.

—Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.

—Walk, don’t run.

—Only visit homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door and never go inside.

—Walk only on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner. Don’t cross between parked cars, and don’t cut across yards or use alleys.

—A grown-up should check all goodies before eating. Make sure to remove loose candy, open packages and remove any choking hazards. Discard any items with brand names that you are not familiar with.

If you are planning to welcome trick-or-treaters to your home

—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.