Tricks, treats, candy, and costumes are all a part of Halloween. Safety is an important part of making sure Halloween stays fun for everyone.
Young children can draw on faces with markers and decorate with glitter or paint. Leave the carving to an adult.
Place candlelit pumpkins on a sturdy surface away from any flammable objects. Safer alternatives to candles include battery-operated flameless candles or glow sticks.
When selecting your child’s costume or helping them select one, avoid dark colors. Choose bright colors and flame-retardant fabric. Add reflective tape for extra safety.
Make sure the size is correct. Too long can cause tripping, as well as high heels or oversized shoes.
If the weather is chilly, make sure your child has a jacket, long-sleeved undershirt or tights. Trick-or-treating is no fun when you are freezing.
Check eye and mouth holes on masks so vision and airflow are not impaired. A safer alternative to masks is non-toxic face paint or makeup.
Fairy wands, pirate swords, and knives should be short and made of flexible material.
Trick or treating
Any children under 12 should be accompanied by a parent or older adult/sibling. Put a paper with your child’s name and address in their pocket in case they get separated from the group.
Encourage teenagers to go with a group of friends, and make sure they have a flashlight. Inform them to only visit well-lit houses and never accept rides from strangers. Set a time for them to be back home and make sure someone in the group has a cell phone.
Don’t let kids snack while out trick or treating. Inspect all candy and treats when they get home – before they get into them. Throw away any unsealed or damaged candies. Let your child have a few pieces and put away the rest for later.
Prepare for the goblins
Clean up your yard of any obstacles and sweep/rake the sidewalk. Turn your lights on and ensure visibility along the walkway and near the front door.
Lock up your pets. Little children may be scared of strange dogs running up to, jumping on, or biting them. Even if your pet is well-behaved, this is a good precaution also for the pet’s sanity from hours of doorbells ringing.
Consider giving out non-sugary treats like stickers, rubber insects, or sidewalk chalk.
When entering or exiting your driveway in a vehicle, be extra cautious of children who might pop out of the darkness.
“Halloween Health and Safety Tips.” Healthy Occasions. Centers for Disease Control. Web. 29 Oct 2015.
Mayo Clinic Staff. “Halloween safety: Tips for trick-or-treaters.” Children’s Health. 1 Feb 2014. Web. 29 Oct 2015.