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Spooktacular safety tips for your family

With “spooktacular” fun, trick-or-treating, and costume parties right around the corner, it is important to make sure your kids know how to stay safe on Halloween. According to Safe Kids Southwest Florida, kids are more likely to be hit and killed by cars on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Sally Kreuscher, coordinator for Safe Kids Southwest Florida, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, recommends drivers eliminate distractions, stay alert in residential areas, and look twice for kids on curbs, in medians and at intersections. “Halloween is a whimsical time for children, and they may behave in unpredictable ways,” Sally says. “Drive slowly and carefully, especially when entering and exiting driveways and alleys.”

Share these safety tips with your kids:

Costume Selection
  • Prevent falls by making sure the costume is the right size for your trick-or- treater.
  • Masks can obstruct a child’s vision. Instead, use non-toxic face paint and makeup.
  • Get creative and decorate costumes and bags with light-colored stickers and reflective tape.
Walking Safely
  • An adult should accompany trick- or-treaters younger than age 12, using crosswalks and obeying traffic signals when crossing the street. Older kids should travel in groups and trick-and-treat in well- lighted, familiar neighborhoods.
  • Kids should carry flashlights or glow sticks to help them see and be seen by drivers. Remind children not to break or chew glow sticks because they contain hazardous liquid.
  • Teach kids to:
    • Look left, right, and left; and keep looking for oncoming traffic while crossing streets.
    • Before crossing in front of a car, make eye contact with its driver to make sure he or she sees them.
    • Walk on well-lighted sidewalks and paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far left side of the road that faces traffic.
    • Watch for cars that are turning and backing up. Never dart into the street or cross between parked cars.
Check Candy
  • Adults should check for signs of tampering before kids eat their treats.
  • If the candy wrapper is torn, faded or unwrapped, throw away the candy.
  • Eat treats only packaged in unopened, original wrappers.

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