The correct answer to the Fall Mom Quiz is:
B. Walking at night
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), trick-or-treating at night is OK as long as you follow certain safety precautions. Supervised by a trusted adult, kids who are heading out after dark should always carry a flashlight and have reflective tape fastened to their costumes and candy bags.
The Other Answers
A. Wearing decorative contact lenses
Decorative contact lenses can lead to serious eye injuries. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, novelty lenses have caused corneal abrasions, allergic reactions, infections and even blindness. They can also impair your child’s vision. For these reasons, the CDC does not recommend wearing decorative contact lenses while trick-or-treating.
C. Walking with traffic on the edge of the road when sidewalks aren’t available
Believe it or not, the CDC says it’s OK to walk on the edge of the road when there aren’t any sidewalks around. What it doesn’t recommend is walking with traffic. On the contrary, the CDC states that trick-or-treaters should always face traffic when walking on roads.
D. Walking near candles or luminaries whenever possible for better visibility
Visibility is important, but candles and luminaries aren’t the way to increase it. Open flames on the ground present a serious fire hazard, especially when children walk by them dressed in flowing or loose-fitting costumes. Flashlights are the best option.