A little common sense can go a long way to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween holiday. Follow these tips from parents, the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council to make sure your Halloween is a night of safe tricks and fun treats.
Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
Don’t cut across lawns, as there may be unseen objects to trip over.
Look both ways and check for vehicles before crossing the street. Don’t assume that drivers are looking out for you.
Cross the street at well-lit intersections and crosswalks.
Don’t try to scare your friends by hiding or sneaking up between parked cars.
Carry a flashlight to light your way.
Plan your route before hand, and make sure a friend or family member knows where you plan to visit.
Only travel on well-lit, familiar streets.
- Wear white, light-colored or reflective clothing so you are more visible.
- Put reflective tape on costume props, bikes and skateboards.
- Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes to avoid falls and sore feet.
- Wear warm clothes underneath costumes when it’s cold out.
- Make sure children can walk easily without tripping over long costumes.
- Only wear costumes made from “flame-retardant” fabric and keep away from open fires and candles.
- Keep long hair pulled back when lighting candles.
- Avoid masks that block peripheral vision or those that can slip or shift and cover the eyes.
- Consider face paint and make-up instead of masks to maximize peripheral vision.
- Before painting your face, test the makeup on a small part of your skin. If your skin itches or stings don’t use that product.
Knock, knock and beware!
- Only go to homes that are clearly participating in Halloween. If the porch light is out, you can do without!
- Never enter a stranger’s home or car to accept a treat.
- Always say thank you, and remember: NO mean tricks or property damage!
Be cautious with pets, whether they know you or not. Masks and costumes may confuse and upset animals.
- Feed kids a good meal before going out so they’re not tempted to gorge on candy or eat anything you haven’t had the chance to check.
Adults should inspect all treat bags for suspicious tricks like candy in opened wrappers, and treats your child could choke on.
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