Halloween is approaching. Costumes are being finalized, and the trick or treat bags are at the ready. Before you head out the door, check out our cauldron of safety tips to ensure you and your children have an enjoyable Halloween outing.
- Keep costumes bright and reflective. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.
- Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are not dragging on the ground to prevent tripping.
- Choose face paint instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- Only buy costumes that are flame-retardant.
- Avoid decorative contact lenses unless prescribed by an eye doctor.
Trick or Treating Provisions
- Do not let children under the age of twelve trick or treat without adult supervision. If kids are old enough to go without an adult, make sure they stick to a group and are visiting well-lit, familiar areas.
- Have kids wear glow stick necklaces or carry a flashlight to help them see and be seen by drivers. Remind them to walk on well-lit sidewalks and flash the light when crossing the street.
- Make sure your child knows your home phone number and how to call 911 in case they get lost. You can also tape or pin a note with your contact information on their costumes.
- Remind your children to only visit houses with porch lights on and to never go into a stranger’s home or car.
- Give your kids a snack or piece of candy before they go trick or treating. They will be less tempted to eat the candy they get before you have a chance to inspect it.
- When you and your kids get home, help them check all their treats to make sure they are sealed. Throw out any candy with tears or holes in the package. Toss out any homemade treats that were not made by someone you know.
- Have your little ones draw their designs on the pumpkin with a black marker. Then have an adult or older sibling do the carving.
- Clean up promptly. Pumpkin guts are slippery and can cause injuries when dropped on the floor. Layer newspaper or old cloths under your carving workspace to prevent slips and trips.
- Skip the candles. A candlelit pumpkin can become a fire hazard if left unattended. As an alternative, use a glow stick or flameless candle to safely light your jack-o’-lantern.