Halloween is less than a week away and children are making those final preparations for a night of trick-or-treating.

But parents and children both to be aware of how to stay safe while going door-to-door collecting that candy.

Halloween is less than a week away and children are making those final preparations for a night of trick-or-treating.
But parents and children both to be aware of how to stay safe while going door-to-door collecting that candy.
“Halloween is a fun time, especially for the little ones,” said Jamie Dierking, of the Red Cross of Greater Kansas City. “The Red Cross has steps everyone can take to make sure their Halloween is also a safe one.”

5 Safety in numbers. Do not go trick-or-treating alone and do not send children out by themselves. The best option is for parents to go with their younger children and to walk in groups. If the child is older, be sure to know exactly where they are going and set a time for when they need to be back home.

4 Be careful of fire. Halloween brings on a common decoration, the jack-o-lantern. And many times, these jack-o-lanterns have a candle or other open flame inside so that they light up. To avoid any injuries or accident as a result of brushing too close to the pumpkin, costumes should always be flame-resistant. Homeowners can also use a glow stick or battery-operated light instead of a candle to further minimize risk.

3 Sidewalks. If a sidewalk is available, use it. If there is no sidewalk available, then parents and children should walk as close to the edge of the street as possible. In addition, before crossing the street, be sure to look both ways and try to avoid cutting across yards, alleys or in between parked cars.

2 Make-up and tape. Costume safety is just as important as safety while out and about trick-or-treating. Instead of using a mask that impedes a child’s vision, use make-up to create the same effect. Reflective tape should also be added to the costume and treat bag so that children can be easily seen in the dark.

1 Lights on. The No. 1 safety rule, only go to houses with the front porch light on. Do not enter the homes of strangers and never accept a ride from an unfamiliar person. Trick-or-treaters should also carry a flashlight so that they can see any obstacles in their way and have a clear view of the ground as they are walking.