Halloween Safety

By: Mandy Garnto on October 30th, 2018

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Halloween Safety

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Halloween is a thrilling time of year for your children. Treats galore! Adorable costumes! 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. As parents, we want them to enjoy the holiday while staying safe. So, here’s 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 glowsticks 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 glowsticks for your Jack-o-lantern's 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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