Children trick-or-treating should:
Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards.
Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult if under age 12.
Know their phone number and carry a cell phone if possible.
Cross streets at the corner, not between parked cars.
Look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
Bring candy home before eating it so parents can inspect it.
Adults at home should:
Give kids a big meal before heading out to trick-or-treat so they’re not tempted to eat candy before they get home.
Establish a return time for older children.
Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns and sidewalks.
Avoid doling out choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys as treats to young children.
Inspect all candy for safety before children eat it. Watch for signs of tampering, such as small pinholes in wrappers and torn or loose packages.
Watch for children in the streets.
Enter and exit driveways and alleyways carefully.
Look for children in dark clothing once the sun goes down.
Sources: National Safety Council, American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.