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Essential Halloween Safety Tips

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Lake George 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 in Lake George.

kids taking candy from a bowl

Walking Safety

  • All children should always be accompanied by adults.
  • Follow traffic rules. Look left, right, and left again when crossing the street.
  • 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 the least street crossings.
  • Wear reflective tape on costumes so drivers can see you.
  • Carry flashlights - they can be spooky and help keep you safe!
  • Try to use face paint instead of masks to avoid obstructing your child's vision.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers.
  • A perfect trick-or-treat route should circle back to your home.

Homeowner Safety

  • Keep your home safe by clearing your front yard of debris and gardening items.
  • Make sure your house is well lit for trick-or-treaters.
  • To prevent fires, pumpkins should be lit with glowsticks or flashlights rather than candles.
  • Restrain pets that may scare trick-or-treaters.
  • Everybody loves a haunted house, but try to keep the terror safe. Limit surprises, and don't target small children.
  • Consider providing options for healthy treats or small party favor trinkets.

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 and on main streets.
  • Trick-or-treating usually takes place between 5:30pm and 9:30pm.
  • Limit the amount of candy kids eat while trick-or-treating and after.
  • Examine treats for choking hazards or tampering.
  • Only enter homes of trusted adults.
  • Encourage kids to eat filling, healthy meals the day of trick-or-treating.
  • Try rationing treats after Halloween by trading candy for playtime or other rewards.

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