trick or treating safety

Halloween is a fun, magical time for kids (and adults!). To help ensure this day is fun and safe for everyone, we have compiled some tips for you and your family.

  • Always walk in groups and have your kids go trick-or-treating with a trusted adult if you cannot accompany them. Never let children go alone.
  • Make sure costumes are visible at night. You can use reflective tape, glow sticks, or choose bright colors for all costumes.
  • Avoid masks as much as possible specially for young children as these can hinder their eyesight and even make breathing difficult.
  • Walk only on sidewalks and use a flashlight so you can see clearly where you are going.
  • If using make-up on your children make sure to test a small area first in case of allergies.
  • Use insect repellent before going out as nighttime in Florida is when mosquitoes are more abundant.
  • Review important information with your children such as how to call 911 and what to do if you get separated or if they have an emergency while trick-or-treating.
  • Carefully inspect all candy and other goodies and discard any items that look to be tampered, opened, or suspicious.
  • To avoid a sugar over-load, give kids a proper filling meal before you go trick or treating and discuss a plan for portioning out the treats so they last longer.
  • When driving always obey the speed limits, drive safely and be extra wary of pedestrians, especially small children.
  • At home, you can help others who are trick-or-treating by making sure all walking areas are well lit and removing any debris or obstacles from all walking areas.


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Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and safe Halloween!