Who doesn’t enjoy the festivities behind Halloween? Kids picking out costumes of their favorite characters, families carving pumpkins, the decorations making our neighborhood’s spooky, and the excitement building with the promise of a sweet treat at the end of the night. However, if simple safety precautions aren’t followed, a fun filled night may turn to danger. Follow these simple safe Halloween tips to keep your home and families safe this Halloween night.
Hosting a Safe Halloween Night
- Check all outside lights and replace any that have burnt out. If possible, if you see any extremely dark areas that will be traveled through by young children, light them up with portable lights or turning on the lights inside if there is a window near by.
- Instead of using fire-lit candles to light your jack-o-lanterns, try using glow sticks or battery powered candles to avoid possible fire hazards.
- Keep your sidewalks and walkways clear for your young trick-or-treaters. It’s dark out, kids are wearing costumes that may hinder their view, please help avoid unnecessary injury by removing water hose, children’s toys, lawn decorations from the pathways.
- Be sure that all your Halloween decorations are completely secured. You wouldn’t want them to come loose or blow away and hurt someone. This also may make it more challenging for a trickster to make off with your decorations.
- If you are creating an extra scary display for your Halloween night, you may want to place disclaimer signs out front to ward off the little or skittish ones from entering and getting too much of a fright.
- When giving out treats, know your audience and play it safe. Make sure you have packaged goods and large enough not to cause a choking hazard.
- Consider having extra home insurance for the night for two reasons: 1. You wouldn’t want an accident to end with a lawsuit. 2. As many treats as there are on this night, there are still some tricks. Protect your home from burglary and vandalism.
Safe Halloween Trick-Or-Treating Tips
- Be wary of the shoes you choose for your child’s costume. Over-sized, high heels, etc can result in injury if not accustomed to them and can end the night early.
- Try to avoid masks as they can obscure your child’s vision and can result in tripping, running into things, or walking out into the street unsafely.
- Use non-toxic, hypoallergenic make-up kits if your child has make-up to accompany their costume. Also, make sure the costume fits well and is flame-retardant.
- Try to trick-or-treat earlier in the evening, however, if your child goes outside after-dark make sure they have reflective tape on their costumes in order to be seen by vehicles and carry flashlights.
- Be sure and advise your child NOT to snack while they trick-or-treating.
- Remove any treats that may have looked like they were tampered with such as pinholes, tears or ripped wrappers.
Following these simple safe Halloween tips will result in your families and communities having a fun and rewarding Halloween night!
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