For adults: The police department suggests that at least one adult accompany children as they go trick-or-treating. Adults can also make sure that children have flashlights with fresh batteries, which leads to another tip: "While in your vehicle, be alert and watch for children."
In terms of costumes, wearing reflective tape will help a child be visible in the dark. Bracelets and necklaces that glow are another way to creatively make a child more visible.
Other tips include:
- "Costume props should be flexible and soft. Costume props can hurt children badly if they fall. Swords, knives, etc. should be made of flexible plastic, rubber, or foam."
- "Always cross the street a crosswalks and intersections. Stop at street corners. Look both ways before crossing the street, and don’t cross between parked cars."
- "Always trick-or-treat in a group. Don’t let kids go trick-or-treating alone."
While kids will be excited to eat their candy after an evening of trick-or-treating, the last tip asks parents to check the candy first.
Read all the tips on the City of Eagan website.
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