From carving pumpkins and adorning your home with spooky
decorations, to dressing your kids in costumes and taking them
trick-or-treating, Halloween is a fun, exciting time for the whole family, but
it can also be equally dangerous. Use the following 10 Halloween safety tips to
ensure that your scary celebrations remain safe.
1. Use reflective
tape – Whether your child dresses as a ninja or a witch, many Halloween
costumes are dark and difficult to see, especially later in the night. Adding
reflective tape to dark costumes will ensure that drivers will see your child
as he/she rushes from house to house.
2. Consider costume construction
– When it comes to choosing a costume, it’s important to keep not only warmth,
but also safety in mind. If your child’s costume has turned into your
do-it-yourself project, be sure to construct the disguise with flame-resistant
material and keep the length a few inches above your child’s ankles to prevent
him/her from falling while running around the neighborhood.
3. Keep a flashlight
handy – Considering that some people plaster their lawns with skeletons and
gravestones, it’s smart to carry a flashlight so that if your child decides to
cut across a neighbor’s lawn, you’ll be able to light the way and prevent
him/her from tripping and falling.
4. Promote pet safety
– Although your four-legged friend may seem anxious to join in the
Halloween festivities, large crowds and noises scare many pets easily, so it’s best
to keep them inside, away from the action. From a liability standpoint, even
the friendliest dog could become excited after spotting a piece of Halloween
candy, and could accidentally nip a trick-or-treater in an attempt to steal the
5. Remain on
sidewalks – From filling an entire bag or pillowcase with candy, to staying
out past their bedtimes, Halloween is a thrilling night for kids, and their
excitement leaves them more likely to run into the street. Although it would be
comforting to think that every driver on Halloween is a safe driver, the truth
is that you can never be sure, so it’s best to keep children on the sidewalk to
ensure their safety.
6. Travel in packs – The
bigger the group – the better. Travel in groups with neighbors and friends on
well-lit streets, always being sure to avoid alleys, spaces in between cars,
and private property. If someone is looking to cause trouble on Halloween
night, he/she will be less likely to approach a large group of people.
7. Inspect all candy –
Although your child may be anxious to begin eating goodies as soon as he/she
begins collecting them, it’s important to conduct a thorough inspection of the
candy before allowing your child to consume it. From unwrapped treats to the
rare apple or opened bag of pretzels your child receives, it’s best to sort
through the collection and dispose of anything suspicious.
8. Avoid fire hazards
– Carving pumpkins goes hand-in-hand with Halloween, but after you place a
lit candle inside of your masterpiece, be sure to place your pumpkin at a
distance that will prevent children from accidentally knocking it over and
potentially causing a fire. Remember to extinguish the flame once the
festivities have come to an end.
9. Remove all
obstacles from your property – With strangers stopping by your house, it’s
crucial to minimize your liability risks by ridding your property of obstacles.
Whether your lawn furniture creates an obstacle, or your walkway is in need of
repair, be sure to resolve these issues
before Halloween night, to prevent visitors from injuring themselves on your
10. Keep an outside
light on after trick-or-treating hours – From candy and costumes to goblins
and ghouls, we associate Halloween with many things, including vandalism and
other types of crime. Whether the crime rate is actually higher or we just experience
more fear on this evening, keeping your outside light on after Halloween hours
have ended may help you feel safer from potential vandals or other
Halloween is a favorite holiday among many parents and
children alike, and keeping these Halloween safety tips in mind will allow your
family to have a fun, exciting, and most importantly, safe evening. Now tell us -- what are you dressing up as this year?