Happy Halloween, peeps! Last year I made a list of Halloween safety tips, and I'm going to repost those every year from now one with various updates. Here is this year's list of safety recommendations for those trick-or-treating:
1. Always check your candy for any signs of tampered items.
2. Accessories such as swords, knives, or any similar items should be short and flexible to avoid injury.
3. Never walk alone, especially if you're under the age of 13. Always be with a group or a parent/guardian.
4. Carry a flashlight if your neighborhood is not well-lit.
5. If possible, wear something reflective that other cars can see.
6. Walk on sidewalks or away from the middle of the street.
7. Test make-up beforehand to avoid dangerous skin reactions.
8. Look both ways before crossing streets. First look left, right, then left again.
9. Never accept rides from strangers.
10. Wear masks that are just to your size and are breathable.
11. Don't walk close to lit candles or any potential fire hazard. Buy costumes with flame-retardant material, if possible.
12. Don't accept homemade treats from strangers. Eat only factory-wrapped candies.
13. If someone tries to grab or hurt you, do whatever you can to resist and make noise to alert others of your danger.
14. Attend Halloween parties at home, school, or public community centers as an additional option for Halloween fun.
15. If joining a group, make your costume unique for others to easily identify you in crowded areas.
16. Only approach lit porches when trick-or-treating. Porches with no lights on usually means to not disturb.
Follow these tips to keep you and your friends and family safe this Halloween!