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]


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