Young ghosts, goblins, witches, wizards and more will be wandering the streets this Halloween. To help make it a trick-free treat, follow these simple safety tips!
- Carry glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags, and wear light colors to help kids see and be seen by drivers.
- Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.
- Check your child’s treats to make sure they’re properly sealed and throw out candy with torn package. Don’t let young children have hard candy or gum that could cause choking.
- Remind kids to cross the street at corners or crosswalks.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Choose face paint over masks when possible. Masks can limit children’s vision.
- Walk safely by looking to the left, right, and left again.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Make sure your child’s costume fits correctly to prevent trips and falls.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Be especially alert for kids during those hours.
- Drive extra slowly – never assume a child will stay on the sidewalk. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways!
- Consider buying Halloween treats other than candy. Coloring books, stickers, erasers, etc. are all good choices.
- Does your child have food allergies? Check out the list of locations near you with teal pumpkins to symbolize their house is allergy-friendly or add your own allergy friendly house to the list!
- Plan your route and know where your child is at all times.
Stay safe and enjoy your Halloween!
About Safe Kids Northeast Georgia:
Safe Kids Northeast Georgia is one of over 30 coalitions in Georgia. Northeast Georgia Medical Center serves as the lead agency for Safe Kids Northeast Georgia, and the program is funded through the Annual Marketplace fundraising event.