Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help them have a safe holiday, we've put together some safety tips.
GETTING ALL DRESSED UP:
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective.
- Make sure that shoes fit well.
- Have costumes short enough to prevent tripping.
- Add reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for visibility.
- Use non-toxic makeup instead of masks that can limit eyesight.
- Make sure your children know their street address and phone number.
- Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.
HOME SAFE HOME FOR TRICK-OR-TREATERS:
- Move trip hazards like garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
- Make sure outdoor lights are working.
- Have a clear path to your house.
- Restrain pets, so they do not jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
ON THE TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL:
- An adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- Carry flashlights with fresh batteries.
- If older children are going alone, familiarize yourself with the route they're taking and agree on a specific time when they should return home.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a house or car for a treat.
- Stay in a group.
- Don't forget your cell phone.
- Stay on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Only cross the street as a group in crosswalks.
- Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
- No eating candy until it's been checked by an adult.
[Safety Tip Guidelines Are From American Academy of Pediatrics]