Halloween Safety Tips

It’s the time for trick-or-treating once again — Halloween will soon be here. But what do parents need to do to prepare for a safe night of candy, little ghouls, ghosts and goblins?


To ensure a night without trouble or pain, follow these tips for a “happy” Halloween.


Before Halloween:

  • Pick out a costume that is brightly colored and make your child carry a flashlight or glow stick to ensure visibility.

  • Plan a trick-or-treating route for you and your family in a familiar neighborhood that is well lit.

  • Teach your children how to call 911 in case of an emergency.

  • Teach your children to say “NO!” in a loud manner to anyone who offers to take them anywhere and accept anything other than candy.


Review Safety Rules for Walking:

  • Cross the street at crosswalks.

  • Look both ways before crossing.

  • Be alert for cars.

  • Stay on the sidewalk as much as possible.


On Halloween:

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Do not let children enter a home unless you accompany them.

  • ALWAYS walk younger children to the door.

  • Make sure older children take friends/ or stay in the designated group while trick-or-treating.


Costume Safety:

  • Wigs, should be non-flammable. Hairspray is often used for similar purposes.

  • Makeup is better than a mask, which can obscure vision.

  • Trick-or-treat bags should be small enough to prevent tripping.

  • Toy weapons should be made of cardboard so they don’t injure children.

  • Everyday shoes are safer than costume shoes.


When the children return home:

  • Candy must be inspected before anything is eaten.

  • Unpackaged or visibly unsealed items must be discarded.

  • IF you discover a problem with any candy brought home, call the police.


Just remember that too much candy intake at one time can lead to stomach aches and indigestion for your children.


Your children, specifically your older children, may feel you are being excessively cautious; however, pedophiles and other predators know there will be chances for them to snatch a child in the midst of all the excitement.