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October 24, 2006 > Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips Children Should:

  • Cross streets only at corners.

  • Never cross between parked cars.

  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick.

  • Walk facing oncoming traffic if there is no sidewalk.

  • Be aware of motor vehicles that may be turning into or backing out of driveways.

  • Never go into a stranger's house.

Parents Should:
    Know the route their children will be taking.
  • Make sure children are accompanied by a trusted adult.

  • Set limits on when children should return home.

  • Consider purchasing Halloween treats other than candy. Stickers, erasers, crayons, pencils and sealed packages of raisins and dried fruits are good choices.

  • Make sure trick-or-treaters will be safe when visiting your home. Remove lawn decorations and sprinklers, toys and bicycles or anything that might obstruct your walkway. Provide a well lit outside entrance to your home. Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters.

  • Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism.

  • Instruct children NOT to eat treats until they return home and parents have had a chance to inspect those treats.

Costume Safety Tips

  • Costumes, masks, beards and wigs should be flame resistant.

  • Costumes should be light, bright and clearly visible to motorists.

  • Make-up is safer than a mask, which can obscure vision.

  • Avoid oversize costumes and high-heeled shoes that can cause a child to trip.

  • Children should carry a flashlight to easily see and be seen.

  • Trick-or-treat bags should not be too large; they can obscure vision or cause a child to trip.

  • Costumes should have reflective strips.

Halloween Hazards

  • Sharp or pointed toy weapons.

  • Open flames.

  • Dangerous roadways

  • Treacherous "treats" - razor blades in apples (all fruit should be washed and cut into small pieces before eaten), tacks or poison in popcorn (discard unpackaged popcorn).

  • Do not allow children to carve pumpkins alone (special pumpkin cutters for kids are available at your local grocery or Halloween store).

    Consider attending a carnival or festival offered by many schools and faith communities in your area.

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