Who knew a night full of kids running door to door asking for candy would come with so many rules.

The Minnesota Safety Council has created a list of rules to follow, and they aren't so much rules as they are suggestions for a safe night out.

Be Visible:

  • Make kids visible to drivers by attaching retro-reflective tape, fabric, or decorative patches to costumes and treat bags.
  • Equip the kiddos with flashlights so they are even more visible to those behind the wheel.

Traffic Reminders for the Kids:

  • ALWAYS look both ways before crossing the street, and only cross using the crosswalks.
  • Walk, don't run while trick or treating. Especially crossing the road.
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Traffic Reminders for Adults:

  • Slow down in residential areas.
  • Minnesota law requires drivers to come to a complete stop for pedestrians in a marked crosswalk, or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk. The driver must remain stopped until the pedestrian has completely passed the lane.
  • Watch for kids walking on the streets or curbs Halloween evening. They are excited and can move in unpredictable ways.

Costume Safety:

  • Use face paint instead of vision obstructing masks if possible.
  • Make costumes short enough to avoid trips and falls.
  • Look for "flame resistant" labels on costumes, masks, beards and wigs.

General Trick or Treating Safety:

  • Adults should accompany kids under the age of 12, older children should bring a cell phone along in case of emergency.
  • Only go to homes that are well lit or you know the owner.
  • Set boundaries for kids out on there own, and set a time for them to return home.
  • Throw away any unwrapped or torn wrapper candies.

And a bonus rule: always say thank you. It's the Minnesota Nice thing to do!

Happy Halloween from Mix 94.9!

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