Candy, Costumes, and Caution: CACTX Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is an exciting time for children and adults alike. We encourage each of you to enjoy trick-or-treating with your families but remember to use care and caution throughout the evening.
Tips for safe trick-or-treating for parents:
- If you’re allowing your child to trick-or-treat without you, plan out a route in advance so you will know where and when to expect your children.
- Set a curfew for your children to return home.
- Discuss safety tips with your children before trick-or-treating. Specific safety tips for children are listed below.
- Decorate costumes with reflectors, bright colors, and equip your children with lights.
- Keep your home well-lit when having trick-or-treaters visit.
- Drive safely and be alert around neighborhoods.
- Check your child’s candy to ensure that it has not been opened or tampered with.
Tips for safe trick-or-treating for children:
- Don’t leave the neighborhood without parental permission.
- Don’t go alone. Take a friend or invite a parent to tag along. If you do go out alone, agree on a timeframe in advance and check in every 20 minutes or so.
- Plan out a route in advance so your parents will know where and when to expect you.
- Avoid isolated areas especially if you’re alone.
- Respect others’ property.
- Stay alert and look out for vehicles. Always stay on sidewalks and cross the street at crosswalks.
- Keep a light with you at all times.
- Only visit homes with a porch light on and in areas that you are familiar with.
Did you know:
Out of 43,000 child victims served at a CAC in Texas each year: 67%
of these children are female.
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