Posted on behalf of Mayor Menino.
- Costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them.
- All parts of the costume should be labeled flame-retardant.
- The eye holes on masks should be large enough to see through clearly.
- Keep costumes short to avoid getting caught under feet and causing slipping or falling.
- Children should wear sturdy shoes and temperature appropriate clothing underneath their costumes.
- Children should be accompanied by an adult. It’s best to take smaller children out earlier in the evening.
- If older children are going out unaccompanied, go over the ground rules first! They should travel in a group, and an adult should know which neighborhoods they will be in.
- Carry a flash light or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers.
- Only trick-or-treat in familiar areas that are well lit. Only approach houses where the outside lights are on as a signal of welcome.
- Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Always walk, don’t run, when crossing streets.
- Make eye contact with drivers and watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
- Throw out anything that appears tampered with, such as home-made foods or home-packaged foods, unless you are certain of the source.
- Inspect fruit closely and take away treats that are not age-appropriate. Young children may choke on items like hard candy or peanuts.
Tips for Drivers
- Be especially alert. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are during the typical rush-hour period.
- Drive more slowly and anticipate heavier than usual pedestrian traffic.
- Be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances.
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