Halloween Safety Tips

It’s time to dress up the sweet, little princesses or mischievous demons in your family as—well—sweet, little princesses or mischievous demons.

Halloween is upon us, and your children are probably antsy to dress up in their new outfits and bolt out your door to revel in America’s festival of costumes and calories. But, as a parent, you want to make sure that the night stays both fun and safe. Fortunately, that’s easy to do if you follow a few simple tips. Here are 8 Tips for a Safe and Successful Halloween.

Be Careful with the Costumes

1) Make sure every piece of the costume is fire-resistant, including any wigs and accessories.

2) Always buy nontoxic makeup, and test it on a small patch of skin before applying it to larger portions of the body. This practice helps avoid skin irritation.

3) Avoid masks. They obstruct a child’s vision.

4) Dress your family in bright, easy-to-see costumes and add reflective tape so drivers can see them better at night. Children are twice as likely to die from collisions with cars on Halloween than on any other day of the year.


Be Safe on the Sidewalks

5) Accompany all younger children during trick-or-treating. Take the opportunity to dress up with the kids, and have fun as you knock on doors.

6) Outline a safe and familiar route for older children and set very specific rules. Make sure they trick-or-treat with friends and remember their curfew. Also, tell them to approach only well-lit homes for candy and never to enter a stranger’s house for any reason.

7) Keep to the sidewalks and look both ways before crossing the street. Basic road rules still apply—even on Halloween.


Test the Treats

8) Inspect all candy before your children dig in. Throw out any treats with opened or damaged packaging, and keep food allergies in mind as you sort through the haul. Also, ration out the sugar so your little ones can’t go on Halloween candy benders and wind up with tummy aches.