We love Halloween at WaterGrass. Neighbors get out and enjoy time together, kids are excited about candy and costumes, and the entire community shares in the fun together. We even have a Trunk or Treat event at the WaterGrass Club that is exclusively for WaterGrass residents.

We thought we’d just post a few safety tips to help keep everyone safe this fun and spooky holiday!

  1. IMG_1541-200x300 Light colored or reflective costumes. If your child’s costume isn’t light colored, add some reflective tape to a dark costume and to trick-or-treat bags to make it easier for drivers to see you.
  2. Plan a route. If you have older children who are going alone, decide with them where they will trick or treat. Send them with a cell phone.
  3. Carry a flashlight. In Wesley Chapel it gets dark at around 7 pm. One member of the group should carry a flashlight just in case you get held up as it gets dark out.
  4. Give your children a safety talk. For children of all ages, remind them not to eat candy or treats that aren’t wrapped, to travel and stay with a group, to only approach houses with porch lights on, and to be very mindful of the street and drivers.

And if you are passing out candy at home:

  1. Serve wrapped candy. It’s nice to put a personal touch on things, but for Halloween, be safe and serve candy or treats that are wrapped and from a store.
  2. Porch light on/off. Signal you are “open for business” by turning on your porch light. (Be sure ahead of time that it is in good working condition.) Leave it off if you are not there to hand out candy.
  3. Clear the path. Sweep your porch and the walkway up to your house to be sure it is free of tripping obstacles (like hoses or toys).
  4. Put pets away. The doorbell can excite some pets. Be sure your pets are safe and tucked away in your house so they can’t slip out the door as you are answering it.

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