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Halloween Safety

Halloween is an exciting night of tricks and treats. Preparing ahead of time with your family and reviewing a few safety tips can help the night run smoothly and reduce stress. The following is a list of tips, reminders, and recommendations that could help you and your family have a safe and happy Halloween.

Ideally, all trick-or-treaters will travel with adult supervision. If your child is traveling with a group of friends without adult supervision, make sure he or she has a watch that can be read in the dark and a cell phone or quarters to call home.

Costumes:

  • If a costume is store-bought, check to make sure it is flame retardant
  • Check the length of the costume to prevent dragging, and potential tripping.
  • Wear bright colors, or if the costume is darker, add reflective tape
  • Wear comfortable shoes. If a costume requires a particular shoe, try and spruce up an old pair of sneakers to fit the part (ex. Adding red paint and red glitter to old sneakers to make Dorothy’s red slippers)
  • Plan for all kinds of weather, layering clothes underneath a costume and keeping an umbrella handy will lessen the stress when rain accompanies Halloween activities

Candy:

  • Inspect candy before eating. Anything that is not individually wrapped, or that looks like it has been opened, should be thrown out.
  • An idea to help prevent the annual Halloween stomachaches: Before your child goes out, agree on a number of pieces of candy that he/she can have that evening. When they come home from trick-or-treating, have them pick out the pieces they want to eat at that time. Put the rest away and save it for a later treat.

Trick-or-Treating Tips:

  • Use crosswalks and walk on sidewalks whenever possible (when there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic)
  • Obey traffic signals
  •  Stay in a group
  • Be careful with costume props such as plastic swords, knives, and any other pointed objects. Though they are plastic, these props can still be dangerous especially while moving around in the dark.
  • Remove masks and any other vision distraction while traveling from house to house.
  • Remind children that even though it’s Halloween, talking to strangers can still be dangerous.

Homeowners:

  • Jack-o-lanterns with actual candles in them should be out of reach of children, and set away from any path where trick-or-treaters might walk.
  • Opt for healthier alternatives to candy such as mini boxes of raisins, small granola bars, and individually wrapped bags of popcorn. 
  • Keep pathways well lit and free of debris. Coil up any loose leashes and hoses.
  • Keep pets indoors and away from the door. Trick-or-Treaters can sometimes scare, over stimulate and/or provoke them.

These tips and others can be found at www.sosnet.com/safety/halloween.tip.html