What are the first things that come to mind when you think of Halloween? I bet you’re thinking somewhere along the lines of candy, costumes, pumpkins and scary movies. I’d be lying if I said the first thing that comes to mind is safety. Safety on Halloween seems like a no-brainer. But if we were to make some guidelines for our kiddos to follow, what would be on that list? Never fear, Irving ISD is here to ease your mind with our top 10 safety tips for your trick-or-treaters.

  1. Keep it Lit – Load up on glow sticks and flashlights to make sure you can see and be seen.
  2. Get Your Shine On – Decorate costumes and candy bags with bright colors or reflective tape.
  3. Power in Numbers – Use the buddy system at all times.
  4. Supervision – There’s nothing wrong with trick-or-treating with your kids. Throw a costume on, and hit the trail. I promise there’s free candy involved.
  5. Sugar Rush – Slow down, and examine the treats. Only eat factory-wrapped candy. Avoid eating homemade goodies.
  6. Map it out – Plan a route ahead of time so you can maximize the candy and minimize the stress.
  7. Monster House – Stick to the houses with their porch lights on so you know they’re prepared with the best candy.
  8. Walk the walk – Make sure your trail is on a sidewalk or path; the street is no place for ghosts and goblins.
  9. Teal Pumpkin Project – Houses with teal pumpkins on their porch will have treats that are food-allergy friendly. Visit these houses for fun toys and games to add to your bag.
  10. Blue Pumpkin Bags – Blue pumpkins adorning costumes or bags signify non-verbal or autistic trick-or-treaters. Give them some love with a handful of treats.

Stay safe out there, and Happy Halloween!