Halloween Safety Tips Every Parent Should Know

pumpkin trick-or-treat bag
Alexandra Grablewski
Make trick-or-treating fun and safe with these simple steps.
Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Face Facts:

  • Masks can obstruct your child's view, instead apply nontoxic face paints.
  • Make sure oversized hats, helmets, or headpieces won't interfere with their vision.
Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Costume Cautions:

  • Choose bright colors that make your child more visible in the dark.
  • Any store bought costumes and accessories (masks, beards, wigs) must be labeled "flame resistant."
  • Avoid oversized clothing. It makes it hard to walk and can come in contact with open flames from a jack-o-lantern.
  • Your child should wear shoes that fit to avoid tripping.
  • If you allow your child to carry a prop sword or knife, it should be made of soft plastic or rubber so it can bend if your child falls while carrying it.
Thayer Allyson Gowdy
Thayer Allyson Gowdy

While trick-or-treating:

  • Make your child easy to see by adding reflective tape or stickers to their costume.
  • See if neighbors will be home while it's still light out, and visit houses then if they're ready for trick-or-treaters.
  • Give your child a flashlight with fresh batteries.
  • Tell your child to go only to homes with outside lights on.
Ronald Andren
Ronald Andren

Make a Plan:

  • Kids 12 and under, should be accompanied by an adult and clothing should be labeled with your name, address, and phone number in case you get separated.
  • If your child is older than 12, make sure he/she has a way to reach you via cell phone.
  • Establish a pre-planned route and curfew for kids over 12.
Frances Janisch
Frances Janisch

Practice Street Safety:

  • Remind your child of everyday safety tips like looking left, right, and left again before crossing the street, continuing to look as he/she crosses, and waiting for you at street corners before proceeding.
  • Kid should stay on sidewalks at all times. Cutting through people's yards can lead to accidents when things like clotheslines and other hazards are hard to spot.
Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Before Eating Treats:

  • Have your child wait until you've inspected his/her treats before they eat them.
  • Discard anything slightly or not completely wrapped.
  • If your child is allergic to nuts, check all treats carefully before he/she digs in.
  • Kids under four shouldn't have popcorn or hard candy -- both are choking hazards.

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