Keep an eye out for trick or treating kids

FILE - This Sunday Oct. 31, 2010 file photo shows Robbey Watt, center, as he gives candy to Morgan and Merrick Thomas on as they trick-or-treat at his house in Bowling Green, Ky.  Many U.S. cities and counties are moving their door-to-door Halloween rituals this year to avoid conflicts with the Friday night lights. (AP Photo/Daily News, Joe Imel)
FILE - This Sunday Oct. 31, 2010 file photo shows Robbey Watt, center, as he gives candy to Morgan and Merrick Thomas on as they trick-or-treat at his house in Bowling Green, Ky. Many U.S. cities and counties are moving their door-to-door Halloween rituals this year to avoid conflicts with the Friday night lights. (AP Photo/Daily News, Joe Imel)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Indiana State Police has a warning for drivers before they hit the road this weekend.

Watch out for trick or treaters.

Check out their tips below.

Driving Tips

  • Drive slowly and don’t pass stopped vehicles. The driver might be dropping off children.
  • Park your mobile phone. Avoid distractions by waiting until you’ve stopped to call or text.
  • Watch for children darting into the streets. Kids can cross the street anywhere, and most young pedestrian deaths happen in spots other than intersections.
  • Yield to young pedestrians. Children might not stop, either because they don’t see your vehicle approaching or they may not know how to safely cross the street.
  • Communicate with other drivers. Always use your turn signals, and if you pull off or pick up your kids, turn on your hazard lights.

Costume Tips

  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
  • Try face paint instead of a mask. Masks often obstruct a child’s vision, which makes tasks like crossing the street and going up and down stairs dangerous.
  • Make sure children wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
  • Costume props, such as swords, knives, etc., should be short, soft and flexible.

Trick or Treating

  • Make sure older children trick or treat with friends. Together, map out a safe route so parents know where they will be.
  • Instruct children to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
  • Encourage children to trick or treat while it’s still light out. If children are out after dark, make sure they have flashlights and travel on well-lighted streets.
  • Remind children not to enter the homes or cars of strangers.
  • Remember to walk and not run, use sidewalks and cross at crosswalks when possible
  • Follow your community’s trick-or-treating hours.

Treats

  • Remind children not to eat any of their treats until they get home.
  • Check out all treats at home in a well-lighted place.
  • Only eat unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. Remember to inspect fruits for anything suspicious.