Halloween is on Monday, and it is a favorite day for young and old alike.
However, adults should take precautions to make sure that the children who go out “trick or treating” have a safe, enjoyable evening.
For starters, parents should make sure children wear well-fitted clothing and shoes. Children should be encouraged to use makeup rather than masks that can obstruct their vision in the dark.
Children should also carry flashlights, and wear light-colored costumes that can easily been seen by drivers.
Children should be selective regarding the homes they visit, and it’s best to have at least one adult accompany each group of children.
If children are old enough to be out on their own, parents should know the general path they plan to take. All children should have a specific time limit for when they are to return.
There are also several “don’ts” for children to heed: Children should not enter any home; they should stay outside, on the front steps.
They should go only to homes that have lights on. They should not eat any candy before an adult inspects it. Unwrapped items should be pitched.
Make sure children know to be on the lookout for cars when they cross streets and driveways.
Finally, adults should remember to take extra precautions when driving on Halloween night because children will be everywhere.
It can be a safe, harmless, enjoyable evening for all who take part if simple precautions are followed.