Ghosts, ghouls, goblins and monsters aren’t the only things to be afraid of on Halloween! Accidents and mishaps increase dramatically when children trick-or-treat. To avoid the many dangers children face while trick or treating, we’ve included a few tips. It’s best to think ahead of time about potential hazards, and then take precautions to eliminate them. Consider heading for an indoor Halloween party and bypass any chaos or danger.
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Costume Safety Tips: These tips can also apply to adult Halloween costumes as well.
- Wear flame retardant costumes.
- Make sure your Halloween costume is colorfast so the color doesn’t run onto your other clothes if it rains.
- Try on costumes before Halloween to allow time for altering.
- Hem your costumes so you don’t trip and fall.
- Apply reflective tape to your Halloween costumes or buy costumes that have reflective or glow in the dark capabilities.
- Avoid cumbersome masks, especially masks that limit your peripheral (vision on each side) vision. Use make-up instead.
- Make-up should be hypoallergenic and non-toxic.
- Wear comfortable, practical shoes.
- Double tie your shoelaces so you don’t trip.
- Keep your costume and wig away from candles.
- Don’t carry fake swords, guns, knives or similar accessories that look authentic. Make sure they’re flexible and cannot harm anyone.
- Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.
- Take along money for a phone call.
- Wear identification that’s easy to read.
- Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
- Follow a curfew and take a watch with a back light.
- Plan your route ahead of time.
- Stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Cross only at intersections and designated crosswalks.
- Walk. No running.
- Don’t trample through flower beds and gardens.
- Watch out for open flames in jack-o-Lanterns.
- Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
- Walk with your head up and be aware of your surroundings.
- Only visit well lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses.
- Don’t enter any houses.
- Carry a spare Halloween bag — in case yours breaks or you fill your original one.
- Don’t approach unfamiliar pets and animals.
- Don’t cut across yards and stay out of back yards.
- Follow traffic signals and don’t jaywalk.
- Always watch for cars backing up or turning.
- Review the “stop, drop and roll” procedure in case your costume catches on fire.
- Never accept rides from strangers.
- Respect other people and their property.
- Be polite and say “thank you.”
- Don’t eat any candy until it’s inspected for tampering under bright lights.
- Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
- Small children should not be allowed hard candy they may choke on.
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity to an adult or the police.
- Consider having a party instead of Trick or Treating.
The goal is to enjoy Trick or Treating, keeping these Halloween safety tips in mind. You may think of additional tips to go over with your family before leaving for your Halloween adventure. If you have any questions about custom trick or treat bags, items for decorating or custom cups and party favors, give us a call or visit our website.