up on sugar and unable to hear adults speak, map out the rules of trick-or-treating. The following rules could save your little ghouls from serious injury.
-Never go inside someone’s house. Remain on the stoop or porch at all times.
-Do not go into a stranger’s automobile.
-Do not take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or parks.
-No running…Walk don’t run.
-When crossing the street look both ways. Do not cross in between cars.
-Always use the sidewalk.
-Trick-or-treat on well-lit streets within your neighborhood.
-Children should always travel in a group.
-Use the buddy system, and make sure you have at least one buddy with you the entire evening.
-Do not eat any candy before mom and dad can check out your stash.
-Never eat homemade or unwrapped treats.
-Children should carry spare change in case of an emergency and they need to call home.
The Phoenix Fire Department also has a message fore parents:
-Do not allow your child under 12-years-old trick or treat without an adult.
-Do not use open flame candles in jack-o-lanterns. Commercially available battery lights are much safer and do not pose a fire hazard.
-Parents should never let their children carve a pumpkin unsupervised.
-Do not hand out homemade or unwrapped candies to children.
-Parents should plan a route for your child to use while trick-or-treating and set an early return time for your child.
-To welcome trick-or-treaters, switch on your porch lights or any exterior lights.
Some important costume tips:
-Make sure your costume is flame-retardant
-Children should wear white, reflective clothing, or use reflective tape and carry either a flashlight or glow stick.
-Avoid baggy or loose fitting costumes with over-sized shoes-tripping hurts.
-Do not stand next to an open flame while wearing costume.
-Encourage children to wear face paint as oppose to a mask. If mask is worn, make sure that the eye, mouth and nose openings are large enough to ensure adequate breathing and full range of vision.
-Children should never carry sharp objects. Ensure that all props are made of material that is flexible and nonrealistic looking.
*REMEMBER – A flame-retardant costume does not mean that it is fire proof. Always keep your costume away from any type of open flame or other heat sources.
Driving on Halloween can be a dangerous:
-DRIVER SLOW! Be aware of children darting out between parked automobiles.
-Use caution while entering and exiting driveways.
-During twilight and evening hours be mindful of children in dark costumes.