During all Halloween
events, it is important to put safety first. Halloween
is an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Following some basic safety
tips can help everyone enjoy a fun
Here are some helpful tips for
Safety | Halloween Home Safety |
Treat Safety | Motorists
costumes that are light-colored and more visible to motorists.
reflective tape to decorate costumes and candy bags to increase
visibility of children to drivers. Reflective tape may be purchased at
hardware, bicycle, or sporting goods stores.
make-up rather than a mask; if your child’s costume does include a
mask, make sure it fits snugly and that the eyeholes are large enough
to allow full vision.
should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
Costumes should be short enough that a child will not trip and fall.
costume accessories such as swords or knives that are made of soft and
should be made of flame-retardant material.
not use novelty contacts such as “cat eyes” or “snake eyes.”
Halloween activities during the daylight hours, if possible.
Do not enter homes
or apartments without adult supervision.
Remind children to
walk, not run, and to only cross streets at crosswalks.
Be sure your
children are accompanied by a responsible adult who has a flashlight.
Flashlights or chemical light sticks should be used so that children
can see and be seen by motorists.
from your lawn, porch, or steps if you are expecting
sure your front porch is well-lit.
candle-lit jack-o-lanterns if possible. If you do use candles, don’t
place them near curtains, furnishings, or decorations. Move them off
porches where children’s costumes may ignite.
your pets in another room when you are expecting trick-or-treaters.
children should not carve pumpkins; instead, allow them to draw the
designs on the pumpkin and adults may carve.
Turn on an outside light if welcoming
children to wait until they are home to eat any candy.
and novelty toys for potential choking hazards.
sure packaging doesn't have any tears or tampering.
away anything that looks suspicious.
- Slow down, especially in residential areas.
- Watch for children darting out from parked cars.
- When driving children around, use child safety seats or seatbelts,
and have children get out of cars on the curb side, not facing traffic.
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January 28, 2014