Whether you're handing out candy or heading door-to-door, review these tips to help keep trick-or-treaters safe.
- Are your kids dressing in costume? Add reflective tape or give them glow stick necklaces so they're visible in the dark. Check that their costumers are short enough to prevent tripping. Consider using makeup instead of a mask, which can obstruct a child's view.
- If you're handing out candy, turn on exterior lights to help kids navigate to your door.
- Halloween falls on Tuesday, Oct. 31. However, some neighborhoods or HOA groups may designate a different day for trick-or-treating or block parties. Drive slowly and be extra-observant for children during the final week of October.
- Remind older children of the City curfew. Juveniles ages 10 through 16 may not remain in a public place or on the premises of any establishment after 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday nights the curfew is extended until midnight. Parents can be charged a fine of up to $500 if they knowingly permit (or, by insufficient control, allow) their children to break curfew. Exceptions are provided for work, church and school activities. Learn more.
- Before kids eat any candy, inspect it for tampering. Throw away anything that is already opened.