12 Vital Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips for Every Mom (PHOTOS)

Liz Alterman | Oct 24, 2014 Home & Garden


Halloween is fun for the whole family, but it can also be nerve-wracking (and even a little bit scary!) for parents.

Making sure your children are safe is a top priority but sometimes gets overlooked amid the excitement of candy and costumes.

Before they go out trick-or-treating, sit down with your little ghosts and goblins and go over some important safety reminders to ensure a sweet ending to your Halloween! 

Do you remember to do #3 and #5? Check out our slideshow and then tell us: What do you do to ensure your children's safety during Halloween? 

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  • Go With a Group


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    Children shouldn't trick-or-treat alone, especially after dark. Encourage them to go with a group, preferably with an adult chaperoning if possible. Make sure the whole group stays together as you go from house to house. 

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  • Steer Clear of Candles


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    Unless you're certain that your child's costume is flame-retardant, advise them to avoid candles or any open fires as many Halloween ensembles are highly flammable. That means watch out for those jack-o'-lanterns!

  • Carry a Flashlight


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    Always carry a flashlight or two with you when trick-or-treating after dark. You'll want to light the way not only for your little ghosts and goblins, but for yourself as well. It's easy to miss a step or curb when you can't see and you're in hot pursuit of the next candy bar.

  • Discard Open Candy


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    We hear this tip every Halloween but it bears repeating. Don't eat any candy that isn't wrapped or appears to have been tampered with. Of course, if it's a popcorn ball crafted by your next-door-neighbor whom you've known for a dozen years, that's a different story, but otherwise, toss it. 

  • Don't Approach Dark Houses


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    Skip over any homes that are dark. Chances are either no one is home or they aren't interested in celebrating Halloween. Move on to the next one. 

  • Mind That Makeup


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    If your child's costume involves makeup, test it out on a small patch of skin first to make sure it doesn't cause any irritation well before Halloween night. Then be sure to remove it all before bedtime. You don't want to have an allergic reaction in the middle of trick-or-treating. 

  • Don't Accept a Ride From a Stranger


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    Remind children that they should never accept a ride from a stranger, even if they are tired or don't feel like walking any farther. 

  • Wear Reflective Clothing


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    This tip applies to parents as well! Reflective clothing is so important for safety, especially if you'll be trick-or-treating in a dark neighborhood. Help motorists out by being easy to spot!

  • Make Sure Costumes Fit Well


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    Long capes, masks, and floppy clown shoes may add to the fun of the day, but they can be dangerous when it comes to trick-or-treating. Make sure costumes fit well and won't snag on branches or trip up little witches and vampires.

  • Map a Route


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    It's a great idea to have an adult chart a trick-or-treating route before heading out the door. Go over it with the kids, especially if you have a group; that way, everyone knows which way they're going and you can eliminate any confusion. 

  • Use Sidewalks


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    Allowing children to walk in the street, even on Halloween, sets a bad precedent that will be hard to break when the holiday is over. Use the sidewalks or stay on lawns if you have to, but stay out of the road, especially if you're not wearing reflective clothing. 

  • Don't Go Inside ...


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    It seems like common sense, but sometimes kids get caught up in the holiday and forget what you may have told them many times in the past. Remind children not to go inside anyone's home. 

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