Halloween is all about the kids and the candy. If your trick-or-treater is ten or younger, Karen Carr, CEO and President of Safe Kids says you need to go with your child. Carr says, "We learned from a survey, that 12% of parents told us that they allowed their kids five and under to go out without an adult, and that's simply too young. Keep in mind that (kids) ten and younger, they can't judge the speed and the distance of a car traveling."
For older trick-or-treaters, 11 and up, Carr says, there is safety in numbers. So encourage them to team up. She says, "Have them go out with a friend or a buddy or in a group. That's great company, great fun and it is a good to be together with your friends that evening."
Before you head out, make sure your child's costume -- isn't blocking his or her vision - doesn't have any sharp edges - and won't trip the child up. And you want to make sure your child can be seen by drivers.
Carr says, "If it's very dark, add something that's going to reflect ligh, whether it's a snap-on wrist bracelet, or a little bit of reflective tape added to their costume. And certainly they can add a glow stick or carry a flashlight. You want to be sure that your child, if they're trick or treating in the dark, can be seen on Halloween."
The candy can be tricky for children with food allergies. So make a rule: no eating candy until you get home and mom or dad has a chance to look through it. If you see a teal pumpkin, that means the homeowner is giving out non-food treats like toys, which are safe for children with food allergies.
If your child uses an "epipen" injector for emergencies, take that along just in case. But be aware that nearly a half million Auvi-Q injection packs have been recalled amid concerns they may not deliver the correct dosage in an emergency.
Lastly, if you you're child is old enough to trick or treat without you, have a talk about the rules of the road. Carr says, "Are they going to walk on a sidewalk? Will they be walking, if not on a sidewalk, opposite traffic? Make sure to remind them not to dart out between cars, because a car might be driving mid-block and not expect a child to be running out in between cars that evening."
If you're out driving tomorrow night, slow down, and turn on your headlights a little earlier than usual, so that kids can see you. Your safest bet behind the wheel? Expect the unexpected.