Halloween is a time of fun and excitement for children. But there are also risks associated with this holiday. By following the simple safety tips included in this brochure you can help to make your child’s Halloween both happy and safe. Please read over these hints and discuss them with your child. They’ll help to protect your child from harm during trick-ortreating and other holiday activities. And remember that even with holiday fun, safety comes first.
Halloween is a festive and fun time of the year for kids, but for parents trick-or-treat time can be a little tricky.
Sometimes the fun turns to cruel tricks — like when people tamper with kids’ treats. To make Halloween a treat for all,
follow these safety tips.
easy funny halloween costumes
Dressed up and Dangerous?
Halloween blood and gore are harmless stuff for the most part. But sometimes dressing up as a superhero, a swashbucking pirate, or an alien from outer space — coupled with the excitement of Halloween — brings out aggressive behavior.
Even fake knives, swords, guns, and other costume accessories can hurt people. If these objects are part of a child’s costume, make sure they are made from cardboard or other flexible materials. Better yet, challenge kids to create costumes that do not need “weapons” to be scary and fun.
• Make sure childrens’ costumes fit and that your children can see clearly. To prevent trips, falls and other bumps in the night, keep costumes short.
They should not interfere with a child’s ability to walk safely.
• Apply makeup instead of having your child wear a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and, more importantly, they can obstruct a child’s
vision — a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
• Make sure costumes are visible at night. If a costume is not light-colored, put reflective tape on the back and front of it.
• Only purchase costumes are that are flame retardant, so the little ones are not in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns and other fire hazards.
Tips to make trick-or-treating a happy occasion.
Younger children should:
• Trick-or-treat while it is still light out.
• Be accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager. Go with them yourself if you can.
Older children should:
Trick-or-treat in a predetermined area. Parents and their children should map out a safe route together. This way the parents will know which route their children are taking.
• Trick-or-treat with friends. Parents should know which friends their children will be with.
• Only visit the houses of neighbors they know.
• Never approach any unlit house or enter a house of people you don’t know very well.
• Try to walk on well lit streets and carry a flashlight.
• Be aware of traffic. Use sidewalks, when they can and if there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing oncoming traffic.
• Not accept rides from anyone but family members.
• Avoid animals and pets which may become upset by masks and costuming.
Check all treats first!
• Instruct trick-or-treaters not to sample treats until they are home and the treats have been examined by an adult.
• Remind kids not to eat everything at once or they’ll be feeling pretty ghoulish for awhile!
Before eating any treats:
• Check out all treats at home in a well-lit area.
• Throw away anything opened, partially unwrapped or not in its original wrapper. Carefully check all wrappers for signs of tampering.
• Wash, cut and inspect all fruit.
• Inspect homemade goodies for anything suspicious.
• If there are any suspicious treats, call the police.
Consider . . .
• Attending “haunted houses” and Halloween festivities organized by community members.
• Having a Halloween party in your home for your childrens’ friends and other neighborhood children.
Make your Halloween party the place to be!
Children should not enter homes or apartment buildings unless an
adult is with them.
• Trick-or-treaters should go only to buildings where residents have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.
• An adult should accompany young children.
• Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and
• Avoid flimsy and billowing outfits to minimize the risk of fire.
• Look for costumes, masks, beards and wigs that are labeled flameresistant.
• Use reflective tape as part of costume decoration.
• Make or buy costumes light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.
• Make sure that children can see where they are going.
• Travel in pairs or small groups.
• Wear properly fitted shoes or boots.
• Follow all pedestrian safety rules.