Halloween is a fun time to dress up, be with friends and enjoy a little treat. As your family prepares for a night of costumes and candy, keep these safety tips in mind. If your child has asthma or respiratory problems, check out our Halloween asthma tips.
Ten Halloween Safety Tips
- Children should not trick-or-treat alone. Groups of children with adult supervision is recommended.
- Older children should talk to their parents about a specific route and time they will return. Make sure they have a cell phone to contact in case of emergency.
- Bring flashlights, glow sticks or reflective tape to ensure visibility by oncoming traffic.
- Masks can cover airways and block eyesight. Consider using non-toxic makeup instead.
- Check costume labels to ensure they are flame resistant.
- Accessories like swords can be a hazard. Find a version made of soft material such as foam.
- Teach your children that they should never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Stay on well-lit streets and walk on the sidewalk. Use a crosswalk when available and never cross the street between cars.
- Decorative contacts can cause eye injury; use with caution or with a doctor’s prescription.
Instead of a candle, use a glow stick or a flashlight to light your Jack-o-lantern. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest. Young children can help with pumpkin decorating but should not use sharp objects; adults should handle the carving.
- Store the Halloween loot where you can ration the amount of candy your child consumes. Be sure to look over the candy for any suspicious items.