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Oct 19 2018

Halloween Safety Tips

Its fall, y’all, and Halloween is just around the corner! Halloween is a holiday that the entire family can enjoy together. Who doesn’t love costumes, candy, and trick-or-treating? To make sure your holiday is all treats and no tricks, here are some Halloween safety tips to keep you and your little pumpkins safe.

Trick-Or-Treat Safety:
  • Follow traffic rules! Look both ways when crossing streets, don’t text while walking, and use the buddy system!
  • If you can, incorporate reflective tape or paint into your costume for extra visibility. You can also use glow sticks or flashing lights!
  • If you are driving, be a safe and responsible driver. Remember that there are excited little ones out on the hunt for candy who may or may not follow pedestrian rules.
  • Follow your neighborhood’s rules for trick-or-treating. Look these up before Halloween to make sure you know what time everyone will be outside so you can be alert for kids.

  • If your child is old enough to go out alone, make sure he or she knows how to contact 9-1-1 if they become lost or encounter an emergency.
  • Only trick-or-treat on well-lit streets and in well-known neighborhoods. It’s always best to go out in a group!
  • NEVER enter anybody’s home or car while trick-or-treating!
  • Only accept treats that are individually wrapped.
  • Enforce the rule that nobody munches on any treats until you are home and all candy has been sorted and checked. (Tampering with candy is very rare, but an adult should still check all treats to make sure they are safe for consumption.)

  • Don’t let smaller children snack on gum or candy that can cause them to choke.
  • Look for public and community trick-or-treating events at safe locations, such as your local church’s Trunk Or Treat or a local school’s Harvest Fest.
Pumpkin Carving Safety:
  • Always have an adult present while carving pumpkins!
  • Little ones should not be allowed to hold a knife. Older children can help carve while smaller children can help in safer areas, like scooping out seeds and drawing faces.

  • Only use a small tea light or votive candle to light your pumpkin. Never use a large candle! An even safer alternative is a glow stick!
  • Keep lit pumpkins away from flammable objects such as curtains or hedges. Never leave them unattended or in walkways where visitors may trip over them.
Costume Safety:
  • Never use costume contact lenses! Not only are these very dangerous and damaging to your child’s vision, but they can also lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Make sure kids’ costumes fit properly to ensure there is no tripping or falling down in traffic.

  • Make sure your kids are wearing costumes that allow them to see properly, even in the dark, to ensure their vision is not obstructed while walking.
  • If a costume involves any kind of pretend weapon, make sure it is not sharp or long so that nobody can actually get hurt.
  • When out shopping for costumes, look for one with the words “flame-retardant.” This is safer because it means the material is resistant to fire and won’t burn.

For my final tip, I suggest dressing up as a family! Not only is it a fun activity to choose your family theme together, but your family photos will speak for themselves for years to come!

My family works Trunk or Treat at our church every year and we always have a theme. One year we did Sesame Street, one year was Wizard of Oz, and this year we will be dressing up as Minions! It gives our family a chance to work as a team and really go all out. I hope you all have a spooky, safe, and extra fun Halloween!

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