Know . . . each home your child visits and the people who are providing
Halloween treats to your children.
Make Sure . . . a TRUSTED ADULT, an older child, or you accompany your
younger children when “Trick or Treating.” A trusted adult is a
person parents/guardians have come to rely on and with whom
they and their children feel comfortable. Discuss with your child
who will accompany him or her and make sure you are both
comfortable with the choice.
. . . your children wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight or
glow stick when traveling during the evening hours.
. . . your children are able to see and breathe properly and easily
when using facial masks. All costumes and masks should be
clearly marked as flame resistant.
Teach . . . your children to only enter homes with your prior permission and
only approach homes that are well-lit both inside and outside.
. . . your children to NEVER approach a vehicle unless they are
accompanied by you, even if it appears no one is inside the
. . . your children to always stay in well-lit areas, never take
shortcuts, and never go into isolated areas.
. . . your children to stay alert for any suspicious incidents and report
anything unusual to you and/or law enforcement.
. . . your children if anyone tries to grab them to draw attention to
themselves and loudly yell “This person is trying to take me!” or
“This person is not my father/mother!” Instruct your children to
make every effort to escape by walking, running, or pulling away;
yelling; kicking; attracting attention; and/or otherwise resisting.
Consider . . . organizing or attending parties at home, in schools, or in
community centers as a good alternative to “Trick or Treating.”