Mon, 24 Oct 2011 12:00:00 GMT —
It TMs one kids TM favorite holidays of the year. Halloween TMs a chance to pick the coolest costume, hang out with friends, and of course, fill up on candy.
But, it can also be a safety concern as children walk around, knocking on strangers TM doors.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers the following tips to stay safe while trick-or-treating this year: A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home. Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat. Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or Treaters: Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going. Carry a cell phone for quick communication. Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic. Never cut across yards or use alleys. Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways. Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will! Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
The AAP has some other great Halloween tips to make the season safe and enjoyable. You can read the full article by clicking here.
Lt. Phil Hart from the Michigan State Police has some other pieces of advice for trick-or-treaters and how they can remain safe. Hear his interview on the video box above.
Do you let your kids trick-or-treat on their own? Tell us what you and your family do below.