Halloween Safety

Halloween is a fun tradition, but often the excitement of it can cause children to forget to be careful. The major dangers are from falls and pedestrian/car crashes. Both children and adults need to think about safety on this annual day of make-believe.

Motorists need to be particularly alert, watching for children who may dart from between parked cards or who may be walking on roadways.

Before children go out to begin their trick-or-treating, parents should make sure that an adult or a responsible older youth will be supervising children under age 12. Review the route they plan to follow and instruct them not to veer from this route. Children should be told only to visit homes of neighbors that are known to them, and never to enter someone's home.

It is also very important that children wait until they get home before sampling any of the treats they have collected. Parents need to thoroughly inspect the bag of goodies and discard any unwrapped or suspicious-looking items. Parents and children need to remember that safety is what makes Halloween a real treat.

Costumes for a Safe Halloween:

Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes
If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials, or with strips of reflective tape to make them visible
Make sure costumes are a safe length to avoid tripping accidents
Masks can obstruct a child's vision - use makeup instead. Check that Halloween make-up is non-toxic before using