Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to safety. While Halloween is a fun time to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat delicious treats, there are some vital Halloween safety tips to make sure your children are happy, healthy and safe.
- Avoid letting your kids trick-or-treat alone. There should be a trusted adult within every group.
- Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Make sure your kids WALK, and don’t run from house to house.
- Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
- Enter homes with caution; only visit well-lit houses; don’t stop at dark houses; and never accept rides from strangers.
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before giving them to your kids. Limit the amount of treats they eat at one time.
- Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.
- Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
- Make sure your child wears well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you and your children better.
- Always test makeup for your kids in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
- Don’t let your kids walk near lit candles or luminaries. Additionally, children’s costumes should be flame-resistant.
For Party Guests or Visiting Trick-or-Treaters
- Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
- Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
- Leave your porch light on so children will know it is okay to visit your home.
- Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.
- Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
- Remind all drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.