Halloween always starts weeks before the actual day when we start working on our costumes—this year, along with scary, let’s make them safe.
- Make sure they fit. Short is best to avoid tripping. Also make sure they are not too tight; kids need to be able to walk safely, including the occasional steps to the door.
- Apply make-up instead of masks—masks can obstruct vision which is dangerous when crossing the roads or following the group.
- Make sure costumes can be seen at night, even if you must apply reflective tape to the costume.
- Only buy costumes that are flame retardant and avoid fire hazards like burning Jack-o-lanterns.
- It is always safest to trick-or-treat in the daylight.
- Don’t go alone—groups are safer, and always have an adult in your group.
- Don’t go to houses with the lights off.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Never get in a car with strangers.
- Don’t cut through alleys, fields, or parks.
- Stay on the side walks in well-lit and populated areas.
- Use street safety by reminding kids about crossing the street only at intersections and only after looking both ways.
- Do not eat any candy, gum, or other snacks before an adult has checked all of it in a well-lit area.
- Inspect homemade goodies for anything suspicious.
- Throw away all opened treats or treats that are not in their original wrappers.
- 24 hour rule—while I don’t suggest eating all your candy in one night, I do suggest that what your child does not eat in 24 hours needs to magically “disappear” like the ghosts of Halloween.
Halloween Extra Safety Thoughts
- Think of other ways to celebrate: Parties, haunted houses, or church fall fairs.
- Watch out for props and costumes with batteries—if swallowed, batteries can be very dangerous.
- Identify your Ghouls and Goblins: Put their name, address, and phone number somewhere on them (e.g., back of costume or a necklace).
- Choose safe props—avoid things that could look too real like guns and knives, and always watch out for pointy things.
- When you are decorating your house make sure there is a clear path to the door without a lot of yard art and Jack-o-lanterns (especially ones with lit candles) to trip up the little trick-or-treaters.