Amy Teddy, injury prevention program manager at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, said children need proper safety instruction before they go trick-or-treating. Parents should remind children of the rules of the road, emphasizing that drivers may not be able to spot them after dark.
-- Children age 12 and younger should not cross the street without an adult.
-- If older kids are mature enough to go trick-or-treating without adult supervision, parents should make sure they go in a group and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting.
-- Proper costume fit, including shoes and masks, is something many parents forget to check. It's important to remember that kids can easily trip and fall because of loose fitting clothes.
-- Parents should check that masks don't interfere with their child's vision, or should use face paint and makeup.
-- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
-- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as to be seen by drivers.
-- Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.