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Halloween Safety Tips

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 S Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
 A Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
 F Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
 E Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
 H Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
 A Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
 L Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
 L Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
 O Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
 W Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
 E Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
 E Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
 N Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.


  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
  • Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
  • When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.


Children should:

  • Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
  • Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult.
  • Carry a cell phone and know how to reach you and how to call 911 in an emergency, like if they get lost.
  • Have their full names and phone number attached to their costumes somewhere if they are too young to remember them.
  • Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them. Although the risk that your child’s Halloween candy has been tampered with is extremely low, there is also the chance that his candy is unwrapped or spoiled.
  • Use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not rigid or sharp.

When walking in neighborhoods, they should

  • Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks, and avoid crossing yards.
  • Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks (where they exist), and do not cross between parked cars.
  • Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before crossing.
  • Wear clothing that is bright, reflective, and flame retardant.
  • Consider using face paint instead of masks. (Masks can obstruct a child’s vision.)
  • Avoid wearing hats that will slide over their eyes.
  • Avoid wearing long, baggy, or loose costumes or oversized shoes (to prevent tripping).