Halloween should be fun and scary, not dangerous and scary. Twice as many children are hit by cars while walking on Halloween as any other day of the year. Teens, too, face at least as much danger as their smaller costumed princess and superhero counterparts. However, dressing appropriately for trick-or-treating and carefully planning your evening can increase the likelihood of a frightfully fun and injury-free Halloween.
Before trick-or-treating, talk to children and teens about these safety procedures:
An adult should accompany children under 12
Remind solo-going tweens and teens to put away their phones and keep their eyes on their path
Travel only in familiar, well-lit areas
Never enter a stranger’s home
Agree on a specific time to return home
Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries to help see and be seen
Review pedestrian and traffic safety rules
When making or purchasing Halloween costumes for your little goblins, follow these safety precautions to ensure they remain safe while looking great:
All costumes, wigs, and accessories should be fire-resistant
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags for better nighttime visibility
Halloween makeup should be non-toxic
Non-toxic makeup or decorative hats are safer than masks, which can limit or block eyesight
Wear good-fitting costumes and shoes to avoid trips and falls
After trick or treating, stay ahead of the scary candy consumption before they can say boo:
Sort through your kid’s treats before they start eating to ensure all treats are safe
For younger kids, beware of specific goodies that can be choking hazards
Throw away any candy that is already opened or partially opened
Beware of allergies (nuts especially)
Taking these common-sense precautions will ensure Halloween night is sufficiently spooky but safe for all. For more information on Halloween safety, visit the National Safety Council’s website at www.nsc.org.
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