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Tips For Spooky But Safe Trick-Or-Treating

Halloween is one of our families favorite holidays. Transform into something spooky, silly or scary. Let your imagination and creativity run wild. Scare or be scared, but stay safe. It doesn't have to be "tricky"! Below are some tips from BRPD, Louisiana State Police and EMS to keep you and your little ones safe this Halloween.

Stay Connected

Take a fully charged cell phone with you when you trick-or-treat, in case of an emergency or being separated from your child. Write your phone number and address on your child’s arm with a permanent marker so another adult can help them find you if needed. Take a picture of your child in their costume before hitting the streets.

Be Safe, Be Seen

Adding bright/reflective tape to your costumes, carrying glow sticks or flashlights can help drivers see you if you’re out after dark.

Spectacular or Spooky Costume Safety

Make sure costumes are properly sized and do not drag on the ground to avoid trips and falls. Avoid masks that can restrict vision and breathing (face painting can be a fun and safe alternative).

Know Your Whens and Wheres

Only trick-or-treat during official hours. Plan your routes in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets. Walk on sidewalks whenever available. If walking on the street, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic. Remind children to never enter a stranger’s home without your permission.

Sweets and Treats Safety

Inspect your child’s Halloween haul. Don’t let anyone eat any candy that has been unwrapped or looks like it may have been tampered with. If your child has allergies, make sure to help them with sorting their candy.

Looking for things to do this Halloween? Check out our Halloween Central for recipes, activities, tips, tricks and more.