Tips for A Fun & Safe Halloween in Albany

Halloween night is an evening for spooks, candy, and fun, but if you're not safe, the fun can end pretty quickly. Below is a rundown of safety tips, whether you're walking about with your little ones trick-or-treating or you're the one handing out the candy. Stay safe out there!

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Walking Safety

  • Younger children should always be accompanied by adults.
  • Only walk on sidewalks and designated paths.
  • Follow traffic rules - look both ways before crossing the street and keep an eye out for cars.
  • Make sure costumes are bright enough that cars can see you and your kids, or wear reflective tape.
  • Carry flashlights - they can be spooky and safe!
  • Try using face paint instead of masks to avoid obstructing your child's vision.
  • Make sure the trick-or-treat route circles back to your home.

Homeowner Safety

  • Keep your front yard clear of debris.
  • Make sure your house is well-lit for trick-or-treaters.
  • Consider using glowsticks in jack-o-lanterns instead of candles for fire safety.
  • Restrain pets that may scare trick-or-treaters.
  • If creating a haunted house, keep the terror safe, and don't target small children.

Candy Health & Safety

  • Know if your child has allergies or candies he or she cannot eat.
  • Limit the amount of candy kids eat while trick-or-treating and after - save some for later!
  • Examine treats for any choking hazards or tampering.
  • Encourage kids to eat filling, healthy meals the day of trick-or-treating.

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