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Halloween Safety Tips You Should Know

Glens Falls trick-or-treaters, parents, and homeowners should consider these helpful safety tips when planning their Halloween celebrations. Whether you're walking about, distributing candy, or enjoying the post-Halloween sugar rush, consider these basic safety guidelines for a great Halloween.

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Walking Safety

  • Adults should accompany children.
  • Follow all traffic rules.
  • Only walk on sidewalks and designated paths.
  • Keep an eye out for cars that are turning, backing up, or coming out of parking spaces.
  • Plan a route that has few street crossings.
  • Wear reflective tape on costumes so drivers can see you.
  • Carry flashlights (spooky and safe, awesome!).
  • Face paint is advised over masks to increase visibility. 
  • No rides from strangers.
  • Ideally, the route should circle back to your home.

Homeowner Safety

  • Clear your yard of debris and items.
  • Make sure your house is well lit for trick-or-treaters.
  • Use glowsticks instead of candles for jack-o-lanterns.
  • Restrain pets that may scare trick-or-treaters.
  • Keep the horror safe - don't terrorize little kids, please.
  • Consider providing options for healthy treats.

Candy Health & General Safety

  • Know if your child has specific allergies or candies that he or she cannot eat. 
  • Only approach houses that are well lit.
  • Trick-or-treating usually takes place between 5:30pm and 9:30pm.
  • Limit the amount of candy kids eat.
  • Examine treats for choking hazards or tampering.
  • Make sure the kids eat healthy, full meals the day of trick-or-treating.
  • Try to ration those treats once Halloween is over and the candy is hanging around the house!

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