Halloween Safety Tips

As your family prepares to celebrate Halloween night, take note of the following quick tips to keep your loved ones and neighbors safe. You’ll be sure to enjoy a night full of treats and devoid of any nasty tricks!

Costume Safety

One of the best parts about Halloween for kids is the ability to choose their own costume. Whether it’s a favorite character or spooky outfit, here are some quick tips to make sure your child’s costume is safe and appropriate for a night of trick-or-treating:

  • Make sure all costumes are labeled “flame-retardant.” If you are making your own costume, choose nylon or polyester materials that won’t burn.
  • Avoid masks, colored contact lenses, large wigs, beards or other accessories that could obstruct your child’s vision and ability to breathe.
  • Have your children wear well-fitting and comfortable shoes.
  • Avoid long or over-sized costumes that could cause your child to trip–especially when walking up and down front steps.
  • Consider adding reflective tape on your child’s costume or trick-or-treat bag.


Trick-or-Treating Safety

Having a plan prior to going trick-or-treating keeps everyone safe and will put your mind at ease. Here are some things to consider for trouble-free trick-or-treating:

  • Accompany children under the age of 12, and make sure they know their phone number if they happen to get lost.
  • Require that older children go in a group, carry a cell phone, and share their route with you before heading out on their own.
  • Provide your kids with well-lit flashlights or glow-in-the dark bracelets to make it easier to see in the dark.
  • Plan a trick-or-treating route ahead of time and decide to only visit neighborhoods and homes of people you and your children know.
  • Stay on the sidewalk and only cross the street as a group.
  • Check all candy to make sure it is sealed before allowing kids to eat it.


Neighborhood Safety

Halloween is one of the few nights of the year where you have the chance to interact with many of your neighbors. With these tips, you can create a safe Halloween environment for your neighborhood children:

  • Put away garden hoses, sticks, toys, yard equipment or other obstacles that trick-or-treaters could trip over.
  • Make sure all of your outdoor lights are working properly.
  • Sweep your steps and porch to prevent anyone from slipping on slick leaves.
  • Make plans to have your pets put away so they don’t accidentally jump on or bite a visiting trick-or-treater.
  • Don’t be afraid to call your local police if you notice any suspicious or illegal activities.

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