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Halloween Safety Tips


  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Masks can limit or block eyesight. Consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested on a small patch of skin ahead of time for any sensitivity/allergies.
  • When purchasing wigs, costumes, and accessories look for “flame resistant”.
  • Accessories such as swords, canes, sticks should not be too sharp or too long. A child can be hurt very easily if he/she stumbles or trips.
  • Consider a flashlight or glow stick to light up carved pumpkins instead of a candle.
  • Keep your home safe for Trick or Treaters: Remove obstacles, rake wet leaves, and make sure the path is well lit. Always restrain pets that might jump on or bite a trick or treater.
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children while trick or treating.
  • Use a flashlight.
  • If older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter the home or car for a treat.
  • Always use the sidewalk or stay to the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys. Always cross the street in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out of driveways.
  • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick or Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
  • A good meal prior to trick or treating or parties will discourage children from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider non-food items for trick or treaters or class parties (Coloring books/Pens/Pencils)
  • Try to ration the candy for the days and weeks following Halloween.


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