Teach children their full name, address, home phone number in case they are separated from an adult. Younger children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult. Older children and teenagers should trick-or-treat in groups.
Avoid masks that obstruct vision. Wear bright colored, flame-resistant costumes that fit properly to avoid trips and falls. Consider wearing facial make-up instead.
Cross streets at crosswalks or at corners -- not in the middle of the street -- and stay on crosswalks as much as possible.
Carry flashlights and put reflective tape on costumes or trick-or-treat bags to increase visibility in the dark.
Never enter a strangers home, accept a ride from a stranger or approach a vehicle for a treat.
Trick-or-treat in familiar areas. If going into an unfamiliar area, stay in well-lit areas and avoid dark and unlit areas and homes.
While distributing treats, restrain pets and remove toys, sporting goods or gardening equipment from the yard or porch that could pose a hazard to trick-or-treaters.
Motorists should be mindful of trick-or-treaters who might dart out of driveways, between parked cars or out onto residential streets.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats that havent been tampered with after checking them at home. Notify local law enforcement if there are any suspicious treats.
Source: Macon Police Department, Bibb County Sheriffs Office