Safe Kids goes over trick or treating tips

Halloween is Thursday, and it’s time to remind us all of what we need to do to keep kids safe.

“It is getting darker out earlier in the evenings,” said Cherie Sage with Safe Kids Kansas. “We haven’t even hit daylight saving time. It’s really important to know that Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians. That means everyone needs to be on alert.”

Peak trick-or-treating hours will be between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

“You should have the rule that kids don’t eat candy until you have an
opportunity to inspect them,” said Sage. “Usually we say homemade
treats are fine, if they come from a home that you’re familiar with.
Trick or treat in neighborhoods where you know whose house you’re
going to.”

Visibility is the key to a safe Halloween for everybody.

“Not only is it important to be able to see, but to be seen,” said Sage.
“When you’re thinking about these costumes, a lot of kids are wearing, it could be all black. Make sure that you have something
reflective on your child. You can buy the retro reflective tape that you can put on parts of their costume. Have them wear glow sticks or glow necklaces. That’s a great way to keep track of your kids.”

While it’s a good idea for children to have a cell phone with them in
case of an emergency, remind them to pay attention to their surroundings, and not be distracted from hazards because they are
texting or talking on the phone.