Halloween is an exciting night for kids and adults alike, whether you are dressing up and gathering treats or staying home and passing out candy to all the trick-or-treaters. However, on Halloween it is important to remember, there are guidelines to follow to ensure you have a safe and festive night!
- Plan the trick-or-treating route with your children ahead of time. If they are young, ensure that a responsible grown-up will be traveling with them.
- Ensure that each child can be seen by other trick-or-treaters and traffic by putting reflective tape on their costumes and equipping them with flashlights.
- Ensure the leader of the group has a watch and set a time that your children should return home.
- Teach children their home phone number and how to dial 911 in an emergency.
- Review “stop, drop and roll” should a child’s costume catch fire.
- Practice basic everyday safety such as:
- Don’t talk to strangers.
- Don’t get into strange cars.
- Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Always utilize a crosswalk and cross with traffic lights.
- Ensure that eye and mouth holes are large enough so that vision and breathing are not obstructed.
- Keep costumes short enough so that children are not tripping over them. According to the National Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of accidental injury on Halloween.
- Place emergency information and identification inside the costume. Never place a child’s name or address on a costume where a stranger might see it.
- If utilizing toy knives, guns or swords with a costume, ensure they do not look authentic and that they are soft and flexible to avoid injury.
- Children should only go to well-known, well-lit homes.
- Never let a child enter someone’s home, unless accompanied by an adult.
- If you are expecting trick-or-treaters at your home, remove any obstacles that could cause injury, such as lawn ornaments.
- Always keep lit pumpkins out of the trick-or-treating path so that children cannot brush up against the flame.
- Always use the sidewalk for trick-or-treating.
Candy and Treats
- When in doubt, throw it out.
- Ensure that any items that may cause choking are only given to age-appropriate children.