5 Halloween Safety Tips
Make Sure Costumes Are Both Creative and Safe
Select bright costumes. Decorate costumes and trick-or-treat bags with reflective tape for greater visibility. Make sure that shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flames. Since masks can sometimes obstruct children’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup. If a sword, cane or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. If children fall, they may be easily hurt by these types of accessories.
Keep Your Family Safe While Carving Pumpkins
Young children should leave the carving to adults. They can help clean the pumpkin out and draw patterns or a face with markers. Then the parents can do the actual cutting. Never use a regular kitchen knife to carve a pumpkin. Instead, purchase a pumpkin carving kit, which is designed to cut through pumpkin rinds and is easier to control.
Give Kids a Happy and Healthy Halloween
Consider healthier trick-or-treat options such as fruit, coloring books, pens, pencils, or toys. Ensure the kids have a healthy meal prior to attending parties or trick-or-treating. Parents should control how much and often children get candy.
Don’t Let Food Allergies Ruin the Fun
Parents should closely examine candy to avoid a potentially life-threatening reaction. Always read the ingredient label on treats. Many popular Halloween candies contain some of the most common allergens such as nuts, milk, eggs, soy or wheat. Teach your children to politely turn down home-baked good at Halloween parties.
Walk and Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
Walk on sidewalks or paths. Walk facing traffic as far to the left as possibly when there are no sidewalks or paths. Teach children to never run into the street or cross between parked cars. Drive slowly. Expect heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day.
Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics Halloween Safety Tips, Safe Kids Worldwide Halloween Safety