Monsters and creepers will be all over the streets this Halloween stuffing their goody-bags full of treats. But children dressed as their favorite character or monster might be more enthusiastic about trick-or-treating rather than staying safe. Parents and drivers will need to be extra careful on Halloween to make sure their little ghost or goblin is safe.
Shelia Russell with the Oregon County Health Department suggests children wear reflective clothing or patches so drivers can see a costumed child crossing or on the side of a street during dark hours.
"Go to homes you know," Russell advised children. This is true especially if there is not an adult around to keep an eye on them.
Russell also said candy that is individually wrapped is usually safe but be wary of any candy that can be easily tampered with.
She said organized Halloween events are usually safe for children because they are in a public place where others can easily see them and all events are monitored by adults.
The Oregon County Health Department created a list for parents and children to keep in mind for Halloween.
* Children should go out during daylight hours only unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
* Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves.
* Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields. Make sure they know to stay in populated places and don't go off the beaten track. Stay in well lighted areas.
* Stop only at familiar houses in your own neighborhood unless accompanied by an adult.
* Small children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween. Make sure an older sibling or adult is with them.
* Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you.
* Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
* Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
* Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to trick-or-treat without an adult.
* Participate in community projects such as the Trunk or Treat provided by local churches