Trick or Treat: Safety Tips for Parents

Halloween doesn’t have to be spooky. Here are some safety tips that will make sure that children and families have a safe and fun Halloween this year.

  • Do not choose costumes with long, billowing or trailing fabric.trickortreat_900_400_90_s_c1
  • If your child is wearing a mask, make sure they are able to see through the eye holes.
  • Provide children with glow sticks or reflective tape as part of the costume.
  • Keep any dried flowers or crepe paper away from flames and heat sources as they are highly flammable.
  • Use battery operated candles inside Jack-o-Lanterns instead of real candles.
  • Make sure decorations do not block escape routes.
  • Keep all matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
  • Only eat factory-wrapped candies and examine all treats for any tampering or choking hazards.
  • Walk only on sidewalks and only cross the street at crosswalks.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum! Do not let your cell phone keep you from safe trick-or-treating.
  • Do not assume the right of way. Wait until vehicles have come to a complete stop before crossing.
  • Make sure older kids go out with friends and not alone. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. If you live in a rural area, offer all kids a ride in the car.
  • Set a time limit for children to trick-or-treat. Together, map out a safe route so you know where they’ll be. Remind them not to take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or playing fields.
  • Remind kids not to enter a house or get in a stranger’s car.
  • Try to get kids to trick-or-treat while it is still light outside. If it is dark, make sure the children are carrying working flashlights.
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