Halloween is such a fun time of year for kids and adults alike, so it’s important that we take some precautions to keep it that way! Here is a list of trick or treating tips for your family.

Wear comfortable shoes!

Carry a flashlight

Wear something with a reflector on it. You can even find reflector tape and paint at your local home improvement store.

Go out before dark-especially for little ones. The big kids tend to flood the streets later at night making it hard for little ones to trick or treat.

Never go into a stranger’s house, even if they ask you to come in while they go and get some candy.

Throw away all homemade or unwrapped treats. Most claims of kids finding razor blades in their candy or popcorn balls are false urban legends, but in this day and age it’s not worth the risk!

When walking down the street, have an adult walk closest to the road and the children closest to the houses.

Do not run ahead of the adults. It’s very easy for children to get carried away and accidentally run into the road.

Do not eat candy as you go.

Always be nice, even when people do not have any candy to give out.

Do not knock on doors where the lights are off.

Watch where you step!

Have a plan before you start. If you are walking in an unfamiliar neighborhood, it is easy to get lost.

When you approach a treat-giving house, make sure to yell “Trick or Treat!” very loudly!

When you get home, parents should check all of the candy before allowing children to eat any of it. You are looking for: old worn wrappers
torn wrappers (even with the smallest hole), homemade treats, unwrapped treats, toys with small parts that may be a choking hazard, money, fruit, any candy that looks like it may have been tampered with, lickable stamps, glass or sharp objects. For small children, remove any hard candies, which can become choking hazards.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.