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Halloween Tips and Tricks

Little girl dressed up for Halloween

Halloween is the highlight of October for many of Alaska’s kids and families. And trick or treating is one of the most popular ways for children to celebrate the holiday. Alaska Children’s Trust (ACT) wants to help make sure Halloween is both fun and safe for your kids with these tips and tricks:

  • Plan out a route in advance and check it during the daylight for obstacles such as broken sidewalks, or no sidewalks, and other things that could trip up trick or treaters. If you’re welcoming trick or treaters to your home, be sure access to your door is safe as well.
  • Remind your trick or treaters to walk, not run, and to use sidewalks rather than cutting across lawns or driveways.
  • Only trick or treat at houses that are lit.
  • Keep track of time and don’t trick or treat after 9 p.m.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Feed your kids a healthy meal prior to going trick or treating. Your child will be happier, and it will help reduce the temptation of kids wanting to devour candy from the first trick or treat stop.
  • Children of any age should be accompanied by a parent. If your young teen resists this notion, be sure to set firm rules and require a child to carry a cell phone that can be used in the event of an emergency. Older kids should know where they can go, what etiquette they must follow, safety rules, carry a flashlight or a lit device, and have an absolute deadline for returning home.
  • Never allow children to eat candy before it is inspected.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

With these tips and tricks in mind, this spooktacular night will be one that children continue looking forward to year-round. 

Before your family ventures out for Halloween fun this year, be sure to like the ACT Facebook page and share a photo of your little ghosts and goblins!

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