LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19, 2023 — Masses of little witches, ghosts, pirates, cartoon characters and superheroes will soon take to the streets for trick-or-treat fun, and the American Red Cross has 10 tips to help everyone stay safe while enjoying the festivities.
1. Trick-or-treaters need to see and be seen. Use face makeup instead of masks which could make seeing difficult. Use face makeup instead of masks which could make seeing difficult. Give trick-or-treaters a flashlight to light their way. Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags. If possible, have everyone wear light-colored clothing.
2. Use flame-resistant costumes.
3. Children should never trick or treat alone. Make sure adults know where the kids are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children door-to-door.
4. It’s not only vampires and monsters people have to look out for. Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.
5. Walk, don’t run. Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner. Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
6. Drivers — use extra caution as youngsters may forget to look both ways before crossing.
7. Only visit homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door and never go inside. A grown-up should check all goodies before eating. Make sure to remove loose candy, open packages and remove any choking hazards. Discard any items with brand names that you are not familiar with.
If you are planning to welcome trick-or-treaters to your home, follow these safety steps:
8. Light the area well so young visitors can see.
9. Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps. Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.
10. Leave the pumpkin carving to adults. Small children should never carve pumpkins. Instead, let them draw a face with markers. Use a flashlight or glowstick to light the pumpkin instead of a candle.
Download the free Red Cross First Aid app for instant access to first aid advice and the free Emergency app for weather alerts. Find these and all of the Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.