Halloween is just around the corner, and while it’s a time of spooky fun and sweet treats, it’s also essential to prioritize safety. Here are some top safety tips you can share with your students.
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- Plan Your Route:
Encourage students to plan their trick-or-treating route ahead of time. This can help parents and guardians know where they’ll be.
- Stay in Groups:
There’s safety in numbers. Remind students to go trick-or-treating with friends or family and stick together.
- Bright and Reflective Costumes:
While dark and spooky costumes are popular, they can be hard to see at night. Encourage students to choose bright costumes or add reflective tape to make them more visible.
- Check the Candy:
Before eating any candy, it should be checked by an adult for any tampering or potential allergens. Remind students never to eat homemade treats from strangers.
- Use Safe Walking Practices:
Always use sidewalks and crosswalks. Look both ways before crossing the street and remind students to make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
- Carry a Flashlight:
Not only does this help kids see where they’re going, but it also makes them more visible to others.
- Avoid Wearing Masks that Limit Visibility:
While masks can be an essential part of some costumes, they can also restrict vision. Encourage students to use face paint or makeup as an alternative, ensuring they can see clearly.
- Stay Away from Unknown Pets:
Even the friendliest-looking pets can get spooked by unfamiliar sights and sounds. Remind students to ask for permission before petting any animals.
- Respect Private Property:
Encourage students to stay on walkways and off private lawns, avoid touching decorations, and only approach homes with lights on.
- Bring a Cellphone:
If students are old enough to go out without an adult, ensure they have a means to communicate in case of an emergency. Recommend that they honor a curfew and check-in with their parents/guardians several times during the evening.