Trick or Treat Safety Tips

By: Jessica Leicht Email
By: Jessica Leicht Email

It's that time of the year again.

"We get to see people dressed up as really cool things and we get candy."

Something else comes first.

"We want to make sure people are safe," Red Cross Executive Director Susan Holmes said.

"We'll go trick or treating Thursday night. We stay in the hours the city does the trick or treating time, we go to houses of people that we know mostly and of course we check everything before they get it. I'm going to have a witch and a black cat,” Mother Heather Androlevich said.

This year the Red Cross suggests changing up your normal routine to help avoid accidents.

"I encourage people to do face painting instead of masks. Because quite often masks are difficult for little ones to see out of," Holmes said.

Being seen is also important.

"Use some sort of reflective tape on their bag, on the back of the costume, just anywhere that's going to increase the trick or treaters visibility," Holmes said.

For anyone on the other side of the door, prep your porch for little ones.

"For the people who are welcoming these trick or treaters - think about safety precautions there. My front porch has steps so we make sure their easily seen," Holmes said.

Of course, keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary.

"It's just not Mayberry anymore and we don't want to take our kids safety for granted," Holmes said.

Which is why the Androlevich's will only approach well-lit houses.

Dothan's trick-or-treating will be Thursday from 5:00-8:00 p.m.