With witches, goblins, and super-heroes descending on neighborhoods across New England, the New England Laborers' Health and Safety Fund joins the American Red Cross to offer parents somesafety tips for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday.

  • Walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Cross the street only at corners.
  • Don't hide or cross the street between parked cars.
  • Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing so you are more visible.
  • Plan your route and share it with your family.
  • Have an adult accompany children.
  • Carry a flashlight to light your way.
  • Keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flamable.)
  • Visit homes that have the porch light on.
  • Accept treats at the door and never go into a stranger's house.
  • Be cautious of animals and strangers.
  • Have a grown-up inspect treats before eating. Discard candy if the package is opened.
    Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.