Halloween is so much fun because it's not like other nights of
the year. Have fun and stay safe by following these tips:
See and Be Seen
After dark, kids aren't usually swarming the neighborhood. But on Halloween night,
they are. That's why kids need to watch out for cars and other traffic.
Be sure that your mask or costume doesn't cover your eyes or make it tough for
you to see where you're going. You might think about wearing makeup instead of a mask.
If you do wear a mask, make sure the eye holes are big enough that you can see.
Kids also need to be seen on Halloween, so it's a good idea to
wear or carry something that glows in the dark. You might choose a glowing necklace,
a glow-in-the-dark treat bag, or a flashlight. Your parents also can put reflective
tape on your costume.
You want your costume to look cool, but there's nothing cool about tripping and
stumbling all Halloween night. Make your costume trip-proof by:
making sure it's not too long
wearing shoes that fit
not using swords, canes, and other props that can get in your way
Don't Go It Alone
It's best to trick-or-treat with family members or friends. It's also a good idea
to have a grownup with you. If you have one, a cellphone can be another handy item
to have with you. That way, you can check in with a parent or call for help, if needed.
Don't look down at the phone if you're crossing a street or driveway.
Talk it over with your mom or dad when you're deciding where to trick-or-treat.
Sticking close to home is great because then you'll know many of the people and you
won't get lost in neighborhoods that you're not used to visiting. And people
who already know you just might throw an extra treat in your bag!
When trick-or-treating, don't go inside a stranger's home. Sometimes a person might
invite you in for a treat, but you can just say that your mom or dad asked you not
to go inside anyone's house. (Likewise, never go up to or into a stranger's car even
if the person offers you a Halloween treat.)
And if you're wondering about whether to go to a certain house, check if the porch
light is on. If not, that's usually a sign that no one is home or they don't want
Let's Talk Treats
Before you start eating the treats in your bag, you'll want to get a good look
at them. When you get home, dump everything out and let your mom or dad see what you
have. They can help you get rid of stuff you shouldn't eat. For instance, you don't
want to eat anything that's loose or not in a wrapper. Anything unwrapped, including
fresh fruit, should be thrown away. Without a wrapper, it's hard to tell if food is
clean and safe to eat.
Once you've looked over your treats, you'll probably wonder just how much you can
eat. Well, it's best not to overdo it. If you don't eat too much on Halloween, you'll
have leftovers to enjoy in the days and weeks to come. In other words, you can make
Halloween a little sweeter by making it last a little longer!