Kids love Halloween! We would guess that you have many happy memories of your childhood trick or treating. Halloween can produce priceless childhood memories that will last forever. Don’t let an accident ruin you or your child’s Halloween.
To help keep your child safe, we’ve compiled a list of tips from the CDC, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the National Safety Council. Please follow these safety tips to help keep children safe and ensure everyone has a great night of trick or treating.
Halloween Safety Tips:
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children while trick or treating
- If your older children are going out without an adult, make sure you know where they will be. Agree on a specific time when they should return home
- Only cross at intersections and look both ways before crossing
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before walking in front of them
- Teach children to never run out into the street or cross between parked cars
- Only go to homes with a porch lighting on
- Never enter a house or car for a treat
- Never accept rides from strangers
- Stick reflective tape to costumes or bags and wear glow bracelets to help drivers see you
- Carry a flashlight and don’t run from house to house through dark areas
- Only walk on sidewalks, avoid streets with no pathways or walk along the far edge of the road facing traffic
- Wear well-fitted masks, costumes, and shoes to prevent blocked vision, trips, and falls
- Only eat factory-wrapped treats and avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers
- Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible
- Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation
- Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes and avoid jack o’lanterns, candles and yard lighting
- Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended
- Drivers: Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways
Have a safe and happy Halloween!