Halloween is almost here and that means little superheroes, princesses, and ghosts will soon be roaming the streets in search of their favorite sugary treats. Halloween safety

As you spend time planning, decorating and carving pumpkins, remember that a safe Halloween is a Happy Halloween. Whether you’re headed out with the trick-or-treaters or manning the door to pass out candy at home, here are some Halloween safety tips to keep in mind:


Trick-or-Treating with Children:

  1. Make sure all swords or similar costume accessories are soft, short, and flexible
  2. Never let children trick-or-treat alone
  3. Map out a safe route with your kids
  4. Set a designated time for them to return home or check-in with you
  5. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see trick-or-treaters
  6. Attach your child’s name, address, and phone number somewhere inside their costume
  7. Try to walk on the sidewalks as much as possible.
  8. Carry a flashlight with you—and give one to each child–to help you and others see
  9. Check to make sure kids are wearing well-fitted masks (or better yet- face paint!), costumes, and shoes to avoid tripping or blocking your vision
  10. Check over treats before letting kids start eating them- check to make sure they are still commercially wrapped and not tampered with and that they do not present a choking hazard
  11. Always test make-up in a small area first to check for allergies before applying it to large areas like the face. Be sure to remove all makeup before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation
  12. Remind kids:
    • Walk from house to house, never run
    • Enter homes only if you are with a trusted adult
    • Only visit well-lit homes
    • Look both ways before crossing the street
    • Never accept rides from strangers
    • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries


Prepare Your Home for Trick-or-Treaters:

  1. Make sure the outside areas of your home is well-lit and free of obstacles
  2. Be sure to turn on all your exterior lights
  3. Keep candle-lit jack-o-lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Use battery-operated candles in any outdoor or child-accessible decorations
  4. Keep pets away from the door so they don’t scare—or get scared by—trick-or-treaters
  5. Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your local police department or sheriff’s office
  6. Make sure you do not pass out candy that is a choking hazard to younger children

Have a safe and spooky Halloween!


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