This Thursday, the neighborhood streets in Denver will be filled with ghouls and goblins as kids get dressed up and head door to door, trick-or-treating for Halloween! In this article from Fox News, the Lakewood Police department explains that kids and drivers alike tend to be more distracted on Halloween. Drivers tend to drive through crosswalks without looking for pedestrians, and kids often don’t remember to “look both ways” as they’re running from house to house. While you’re helping your family get dressed up, decorating your house, and setting out the bowls of candy, be sure to take a minute to go over some simple safety tips to ensure that everyone has a fun and safe night this year.
- To make sure drivers will see your kids, fasten reflective tape to their costumes or give them a flashlight to take trick-or-treating, and remind them to only cross the street at cross walks.
- Only go up to houses that have the porch lights on, and always approach the door with a group.
- Don’t enter homes of people you don’t know, and never go up to a vehicle.
- Unless the owner gives permission, don’t pet animals, as you never know if they’re friendly.
- Remove wet leaves and snow from your sidewalk so other trick-or-treaters don’t slip and get injured.
- To avoid fires, use battery powered candles or light sticks instead of flame candles inside of your pumpkins.
- If you have pets, keep them away from the door as they can be easily frightened by Halloween activities and costumes.
- Remind your kids to not eat any of the candy until they get home and you have had a chance to inspect it. When inspecting candy, you should be looking for tiny pinholes, tears in wrappers, and any unusual appearance. Throw out homemade treats unless a family friend gave them.
- If you’re out driving on Halloween, be extra patient and SLOW DOWN! Enter and exit driveways and alleys with extra caution.
For more family-friendly fun this Halloween, here’s a list of things going on that will be a hit with your kids, and make your night spooktacular.