NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Halloween is almost here!

As children and their families get ready for trick-or-treating on Tuesday night, there are a few things to keep in mind for everyone to stay safe.

Connecticut State Trooper Pedro Muniz shared the following safety tips for Halloween with News 8.

  • Follow the rules of the roadway while driving on Halloween
  • Watch out for vehicles while trick-or-treating
  • Homeowners should make sure walkways are clear for trick-or-treaters
  • Do not allow your children to eat candy before inspecting it
  • Inspect your children’s candy, make sure it is not opened and that it looks right
  • Read the labels carefully as sometimes food looks like candy but can be a product that contains CBD
  • Wear bright,-light-colored, or reflective clothes to stand out in the dark
  • Always go out in groups

The American Red Cross in Connecticut also shared tips that will keep your trick-or-treaters safe.

  • Trick-or-treaters need to see and be seen. Use face makeup instead of masks which can make seeing difficult. Give trick-or-treaters a flashlight to light their way. Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags. If possible, have everyone wear light-colored clothing.
  • When choosing costumes, stay away from the long trailing fabric. Also, use flame-resistant costumes.
  • Make sure adults know where the kids are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children door-to-door
  • Only visit homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door and never go inside.
  • Walk only on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner. Don’t cross between parked cars, and don’t cut across yards or use alleys
  • Be cautious around animals, especially dogs

Now if you are planning to welcome trick-or-treaters to your home, here’s what you can do:

  • Light the area well so young visitors can see
  • Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps
  • Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over