halloween safety

Halloween Safety Tips

Calling all Super Moms, Ghoulish Dads and trick or treaters alike. Halloween is a time for great costumes, amazing treats and lots of fun! Here are some tips to make sure you and the kids have a safe Halloween with all treats and no tricks!

Do

Add reflective tape to costumes or trick or treat bags

Make it easy for cars, pedestrians, and you to spot your child and avoid dangers.

Stay on the sidewalk and well-lit streets

Preplan your route to avoid unnecessary stress and always travel with a group.

Test makeup ahead of time

Test on a small patch of skin to test for allergies or sensitive areas.

Keep a close eye on candy

Make sure to examine all treats and to throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.

Have an emergency meet up spot

If you get separated from your child, select a recognizable place nearby to meet. Keep a written copy of an emergency number on your child.

Go trick or treating earlier

Typical hours are 5:30pm-9:30pm. Choose earlier hours to avoid darkness or set a curfew if your child is old enough to trick or treat without supervision.

Keep your pets in mind

Pets should remain tightly on a leash with supervision or relaxed indoors. Be mindful of any door ringing that would make your pets anxious.

Have fun!

Don’t

Enter a stranger’s home or car

Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

Use candles outdoors

These can be a fire hazard. Use flameless candles as a substitute.

Wear a costume that’s too big

When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Wear a mask

Masks can limit or even block eyesight. Use makeup preferably.

Use any accessories that could be considered a weapon

Avoid sharp swords and knifes.

Accept homemade candy, make your own

Teach your child to politely turn down home-baked items and instead create your own treats at home.