Have a Safe Halloween

Keep safe and warm on the spookiest night of the year.

By FamilyTime


Kids love Halloween. The costumes! The candy! The scary sounds! And because a successful Halloween is a safe Halloween, we put together some helpful tips.

Encourage light-colored clothing. Put reflective tape on the back and front of all costumes.

Don't let your children wear long or flowing clothes that they might trip over or that other kids could step on. These can get caught in hedges or door jams, too.

If you buy costumes or materials for sewing, make sure they are flame retardant.

Discourage masks but if your child wears one, cut the eye and nose holes so that they are large enough for clear vision and breathing.

Instead of masks, suggest face paint.

Insist that the children wear sensible, sturdy shoes, regardless of their costume. If the weather is chilly, have them wear a sweatshirt under the costume or a coat over it.

Pin the child's name and telephone number on his costume in case he gets separated from the group. If he is old enough, give him a cell phone.

Street Safety
Young children should never trick-or-treat alone but in groups. There should always be an adult with the group (even if he or she stands in the shadows when the kids rush to front doors). The group should carry flashlights. 

Trick-or-treaters should walk on the sidewalks, never the road. They should stick to neighborhoods they know.

Children should cross streets only at the corner and obey all traffic signals. They should never cross between parked cars or dash out into dark roads.

Instruct your children only to approach houses with lit porch lights and other illumination. Halloween decorations are a good indication that trick-or-treaters are welcome.

Children should use front doors -- never go around to the back. They should never enter a house.

Adults should carry extra candy bags in the event one rips. Older children should carry spares, too. All candy should be inspected by an adult before it's eaten. Unwrapped or homemade treats should be discarded.

Older children who parents deem responsible enough to trick-or-treat on their own should travel in small groups of three, four, or five. If the group is too large, it can lead to unruly behavior.   

Set a curfew and make sure your kids have their phones or wear watches with illuminated dials so there is no excuse for being late.

Tips for Homeowners
Light up the house so children know you expect them. Make sure all outside lights work.

Restrain dogs so that they don't bark and frighten children.

Use mini flashlights or electric lights to illuminate pumpkins. If you use candles, set the jack-o-lanterns away from the porch or pathways.

Remove rakes, bicycles, flower pots and anything else that kids could trip or fall over.

When you run out of candy, turn off exterior lights and as many interior ones as you can. Extinguish the lights in jack-o-lanterns.

Have a safe Halloween!