Halloween is a time for fun and treats, but it can also be dangerous if you're not careful. Many Halloween-related injuries can be prevented if parents and children follow these preparation safety tips.
Parents designing costumes should:
- Make sure children's costumes fit loosely enough to allow for freedom of movement & warmer clothing.
- Be sure that the hemline doesn't fall below the ankle (to prevent tripping).
- Buy costumes or wigs that are labeled flame retardant or flame resistant.
- Put reflective tape on the fronts and backs of kids' costumes.
- Avoid using masks, as they obstruct a child's vision. Try using face paint instead. If a child really wants to wear a mask, make sure it has nose and mouth openings and large eye-holes.
Children trick-or-treating should:
- Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards.
- Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
- Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult if they're under age 12.
- Carry a cell phone
- Travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
- Walk, not run, from house to house.
- Bring candy home before eating it so parents can inspect it.
- Cross streets at the corner and use crosswalks. They shouldn't cross between parked cars.
Other preparation tips:
- Make sure that your child has a nice filling dinner. No one wants to head out to the trick or treating on an empty stomach.
- Pack extra clothes in case your child gets cold. Make sure you have sweaters. jackets, gloves, hats, and heavy shirts in case the weather gets colder as the night wears on.
- Pack Kleenex for runny noses from the cold & hand sanitizer.