By following these safety tips, parents and caregivers can help their little trick- or- treaters experience a fun and safe Halloween.
For kids, Halloween is a magical time for dressing up and collecting goodies. But there’s some important steps to take to keep them safe while they’re having fun. Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Children under the age of 12 should be with an adult at all times.
Here are some more safety tips to keep your little ghosts and Storm Troopers safe.
Make Sure Your Kids are Seen on Halloween
- Choose costumes that are bright and reflective.
- Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Use flashlights or glow sticks. (Note: The liquid in glow sticks is hazardous, so parents need to remind children not to break or chew on them.)
- Always walk on well-lit sidewalks or paths.
- Use crosswalks, street corners and traffic lights to cross streets, not between cars. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the side as possible.
- Walk, don’t run, and stay in groups. Don’t assume you have the right-of-way or are seen by motorists.
- Make sure shoes and costumes fit well to avoid tripping
- Hats and wigs should fit properly not covering the eyes
- Choose face paint and make-up (non-toxic) instead of masks which can obstruct a child’s vision
- Avoid carrying sticks, swords and other sharp objects, the use of any toy gun is not recommended
- Make sure costumes are flame resistant
- Do not decorate contact lenses
A Healthy Halloween
- Eating a good meal prior to parties or trick-or- treating will discourage your child from filling up on candy
- Only go to houses that are well- lit and never enter a home or car for a treat
- Check treats for signs of tampering
- Wait until children are home to sort and check for signs of tampering
- Only eat treats that are in original and un-opened wrappers
- Try to ration treats for the next few days or weeks after Halloween
Decorating Pumpkins Safely
- Never give children a knife to carve a pumpkin
- Drawing or painting on a pumpkin can be just as much fun
- To be safe, consider using a glow stick or flashlight to light up your pumpkin
- Candle lit pumpkins can cause a potential hazard on porches or any path where visitors may walk
- If you do use a candle, votive candles are the safest
- Keep candle lit pumpkins on a sturdy table away from curtains or anything flammable
Driving on Halloween
- Remember to slow down and be alert in residential neighborhoods
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, medians and on curbs
- Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic
- Eliminate distractions inside your car
- Kids may be out earlier in the day
- Costumes can limit children’s visibility and may not be able to see you