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- Have older kids take along two or more friends trick or treating. If your child is 12 or younger, you or another trusted adult should go along.
- Remind your child to stop only at houses that are well-lit and stay in neighborhoods that are familiar.
- Have your child carry a flashlight.
- Tell your child to NEVER enter a person’s home or car for a treat.
- Get to know the entire route trick-or-treaters intend to follow and agree with your child on a specific time to return home.
- Tell your child to stay on the sidewalks and only cross the street at intersections.
- Make sure your child’s costume is flame resistant, allows for safe walking, is easily visible at night and does not obstruct sight. Consider putting reflective tape on your child’s costume and bag to increase visibility.
- Tell your child not to eat any treats until they return home. Inspect all treats and dispose of anything that seems to have been tampered with.
- If anyone bothers or approaches your child, remind them to take 3 steps back, yell “NO!” and runaway quickly. Tell them to seek out a group of trick-or-treaters accompanied by an adult and tell what just happened.
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