While Halloween is an exciting time of year, sometimes taking days or weeks to prepare for, there are nonetheless risks involved when going out at night. Being aware of possible risks is often the first step in staying safe, especially when in a new environment.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe at any point on All Hallow’s Eve, go with your gut.
- Avoid being alone or isolated with a zombie you don’t know well. Let a trusted friend know where you are and whom you are with.
- Always carry emergency cash and keep phone numbers for local headless-horsemen cab companies handy.
- Form a buddy system with close friends and agree on a secret “butt in” signal for uncomfortable situations., such as “Boo!!”
- Don't accept “apple cider” from people you don't know or trust and never leave your “apple cider” unattended. If you lose sight of your “apple cider,” get a new one.
PARENTS WITH CHILDREN
- Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult while Trick-or-Treating. If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch and carry a flashlight. They should know when to be home and where to reach you in case of emergency.
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping or entanglement.
- Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything. Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks evil.
- Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any masked, suspicious or unlawful activity.
- Avoid any houses that could be haunted. Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
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