Tips for a Safe Halloween
Halloween is a fun, exciting night for children. To keep everyone happy and safe, the American Academy of Pediatrics provides some helpful tips.
- When shopping for costumes, look for labels clearly showing that it’s flame-resistant.
- Costumes should be bright and reflective, and short enough to avoid tripping or entanglement. Consider adding reflective tape to costumes or candy bags.
- Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup instead. Be sure to test the makeup the day before on a small patch of skin to check for itching or allergies.
- If a hat is worn, make sure it doesn’t fall over the eyes.
- If a sword, cane, or stick is part of the costume, check it for sharp or pointy edges.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While these lenses make claims to be “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is dangerous and can lead to pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders.
- Review with children how to call 911 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their trick-or-treating.
- All children and adults should carry flashlights with fresh batteries.
- If older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Only cross the street as a group in crosswalks, as established by local custom. Never cross between parked cars or out of driveways.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Drivers may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. And just because one car stops, doesn’t mean that others will.
- Law enforcement should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
- Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. A responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped, or suspicious items.