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Halloween Safety

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A 'Halloween Safety Tips" PDF version can be found here: Halloween Safety Tips

Children Should:

  • Cross streets only at corners.
  • Never cross between parked cars.
  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick.
  • Walk facing oncoming traffic if there is no sidewalk.
  • Be aware of motor vehicles that may be turning into or backing out of driveways.
  • Never go into a stranger’s house.

Parents Should: 

  • Know the route their children will be taking.
  • Make sure children are accompanied by an adult.
  • Set limits on when children should return home.
  • Consider purchasing Halloween treats other than candy; stickers, erasers, crayons, pencils and sealed packages of raisins and dried fruits are good choices.
  • Make sure trick-or-treaters will be safe when visiting your home. Remove lawn decorations and sprinklers, toys and bicycles, or anything that might obstruct your walkway. Provide a well-lit outside entrance to your home. Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters.
  • Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism.
  • Instruct children NOT to eat treats until they return home and parents have had a chance to inspect those treats.

Costume Safety:

  • Costumes, masks, beards, and wigs should be flame resistant.
  • Costumes should be light, bright, and clearly visible to motorists.
  • Make-up is safer than a mask which can obscure vision.
  • Avoid over-sized and high-heeled shoes that can cause a child to trip.
  • The child’s name, address, and telephone number should be placed on trick-or-treat bags in case of an accident or lost child.
  • Children should carry a flashlight to easily see and be seen.
  • Trick-or-treat bags should not be too large; they can obscure vision or cause a child to trip.
  • Costumes should have reflective strips.  

 Halloween Hazards: 

  • Dangerous sidewalks.
  • Dangerous dress (i.e., loose costumes, unsafe shoes, bulky trick-or-treat bags, masks which reduce vision, sharp or pointed toy weapons, dark costumes).
  • Open flames.
  • Treacherous “treats” – razor blades in apples (all fruit should be washed and cut into small pieces before eaten), tacks, or poisonous popcorn (discard unpackaged popcorn).
  • Do not allow children to carve pumpkins alone.