Remind your children that they should only go to homes with porch lights and accept treats from the doorway—your child should never enter a stranger's home or accept treats from a car under any circumstance.
Cody also recommends that parents "make sure their children know their home phone number and how to dial 911." It is a good idea to equip your older child with a cell or track phone, or enough change to make an emergency phone call if needed.
Goodie Bag Inspection
After a successful All Hallow's Eve, your job doesn't end once your little ones return home safe and sound. Inspect all of the treats that your little ghosts and goblins receive. If anything that they've brought home looks suspicious, spoiled, or unwrapped, it should be immediately thrown out. (Be sure to report anything that looks particularly suspicious, such as candy that appears to have been tampered with, to your local authorities immediately.)
Small, hard candies are a potential choking hazard, so throw them out as well (do this when you are out of your little one's sight to prevent an unnecessary candy fiasco). It's best to always err on the side of caution, since that old saying "when in doubt, throw it out," goes a long way.
While enjoying this fall holiday, use common sense, be aware, and teach your child these important safety tips for a fun-filled and safe Halloween.