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Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety

Written By: Mandy Garnto

Originally published October 30th, 2018. Updated October 27th, 2021.

Halloween is a thrilling time of year for your children. Getting to dress up as a tiny version of their favorite character is a fun way for them to experience their world from a new perspective. And did we mention the candy?! As parents, we want them to enjoy the holiday while staying safe. So, here are some tips to be certain your child is safe while enjoying their trick-or-treat experience this Halloween.

Costume Safety

  • Make sure costumes and trick-or-treat bags are decorated with reflective tape.
  • Choose light and brightly colored costumes when possible to help your child be seen in the dark.
  • Use makeup and/or face paint when possible instead of masks, which can obstruct your child's vision.
  • If your child does wear a mask, make sure there are large openings for their eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Make sure your child's costume fits properly to avoid trips and falls.
  • Costumes and accessories should carry labels indicating they are flame resistant.
  • Give your child flashlights to carry or have them wear glow-sticks to help them be seen by drivers.

Trick-or-Treating Safety

  • If your children are under 12, they should be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating.
  • If you're sending your child out without you, make sure they stay with a friend or in a group. There is safety in numbers.
  • Create a plan before your child sets out to trick-or-treat to make sure they stay in a familiar area.
  • Remind your child to always look both ways before crossing the street, and do not enter streets from behind obstacles such as signs, shrubbery, or parked cars.
  • After they return, check your child's treats to make sure there are no choking hazards and all treats are properly sealed.
  • Toss any homemade treats from strangers.

Home Decor Safety

  • Use electric candles or glow-sticks for your Jack-o-lanterns instead of candles with an open flame.
  • Before trick-or-treaters visit, make sure paths to your home are clear of decoration to avoid trips and falls.
  • Make sure decorations are placed away from fireplaces or candles.
  • Install outdoor lighting to ensure safety of trick-or-treaters and to help protect your home.

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