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Halloween Safety Tips For The ADKs

Top Halloween Safety Tips in the Adirondacks

For many, Halloween is one of the premier events of the fall season. However, despite all the excitement surrounding the holiday, it's always important to stay safe. 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

  • All children should always be accompanied by adults.
  • Look left, right, and left again when crossing the street.
  • Only walk on sidewalks and designated paths.
  • Keep an eye out for cars turning or coming out of driveways.
  • Plan a route that has the least street crossings.
  • Wear reflective tape or depict bright colors on costumes so drivers can see you.
  • Carry flashlights.
  • Try to use face paint instead of masks to help increase visibility for the child.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers.
  • A perfect trick-or-treat route should circle back to your house.

Homeowner Safety

  • Keep your home safe by clearing your front yard of debris and gardening items.
  • Make sure your house is well lit and visible from the street.
  • To prevent fires, pumpkins should be lit with glowsticks or flashlights rather than candles.
  • Restrain pets if you need to.
  • Everybody loves a haunted house, but try to keep the terror safe.
  • Consider providing small party favor trinkets instead of, or in addition to, candy.

Candy Health & General Safety

  • Know if your child has specific allergies or candies that he or she cannot eat. 
  • Only approach well-lit houses 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 the treats before the kids eat them.
  • Only enter homes of trusted adults.
  • Encourage kids to eat filling, healthy meals the day of trick-or-treating.
  • Try rationing treats after Halloween.

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