Trick or Treat! Ten Tips for Staying Safe on Beggars’ Night
- Make sure costumes fit. This is an easy way to prevent falls.
- Add reflective tape to costumes and bags to increase visibility.
- Do not let children carve pumpkins alone. Let them design the face with a marker instead.
- Kids should walk with a group or an adult.
- If kids do go with friends, agree on a time they need to be back, plan a route, and remind them of pedestrian safety rules.
- Take a flashlight to light your way as you go from house to house.
- Keep walking paths and stairs well-lit and free of obstacles.
- Avoid lit candles and luminaries. Safe alternatives are flashlights, glow sticks, and electronic candles.
- All treats should be closely examined by an adult before eating.
- If you have non-food treats, join the Teal Pumpkin Project™* to let people know you have alternatives for kids with food allergies.
Beggars’ Night is from 6–8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, for most WDMCS families. Get more tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before going door-to-door!