10 Tips for a Great Trick or Treating Experience

Anoka is proud to call itself the Halloween Capital of the World, and celebrates the holiday with parades, a house-decorating contest, and other special events in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Anoka schoolchildren also participate in the Great Little People Parade down East Main Street every year, dressing up in costumes for the big event.

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H​alloween is in just a few days, and dozens of trick-or-treaters will be collecting candy and other goodies in neighborhoods across the country, whatever the weather.

And with excited young pedestrians on local roads, there’s a greater chance of injury, especially if they’re walking in the dark.

Here are 10 trick-or-treating safety tips to make sure everyone has a fun Halloween:

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Kids can get creative with costumes on Halloween night, and parents should maximize their safety with a few extra accessories, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

-Plan costumes that are bright and reflective so drivers can see you even if it’s foggy, rainy, or dark. Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for better visibility.

-Costume should be short enough and shoes should be weather appropriate and fit well to avoid tripping on rocks or curbs.

-Wear layers in case temperatures drop.

Halloween Home Tips

If you’re running the candy bowl at home, you’re bound to see a lot of scary and silly costumes. Make sure trick-or-treaters can get to your front door safely.

-Remove anything on your property that someone could step on, such as garden hoses, toys, bikes, rocks, and lawn decorations.

-Replace exterior lights and sweep wet leaves or snow from sidewalks and steps to discourage falls.

-Light the pumpkins with a lantern or glow stick instead of a candle.

-Restrain pets so they don’t jump or bite a trick or treater.

Tips and tricks for Trick-Or-Treat

Once you and your kids are on the Halloween trail, it’s easy to be spooky and safe.

-Parents or other adults must accompany young children on neighborhood rounds.

-Bring fully charged flashlights for all children.

-When older children go out alone, agree on a time when they should return home.

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