Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating in San Antonio

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Parents in San Antonio know the drill—they want their little ones to have a super-fun and not-too-spooky time trick-or-treating, all the while staying safe. Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house. But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety. Follow these handy tips and your little princess, Minion, Batman, or Spider-Man should be good to go while trick-or-treating in San Antonio.

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Safety Basics for Trick-or-Treating in San Antonio

Halloween can be fun for everyone, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t dangers lurking in the night. This Halloween, don’t forget these safety basics:

  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
  • Agree on a specific time children should return home
  • Teach your children to never enter a stranger’s home or car
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

Safety Tips for Motorists and those Welcoming Trick-or-Treaters

Halloween safety is not only important for those participating in trick-or-treating in San Antonio. Safety should also be a main concern for motorists and those welcoming trick-or-treaters to their home on Halloween night. Follow these tips to ensure safety for everyone:

  • Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps.
  • Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.
  • Restrain your pets.
  • Light the area well so the young visitors can see.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

*Information courtesy of the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council.

For more Halloween fun, check out Halloween Decorations for Your San Antonio Home.