Trick-or-Treat: Keeping Your Kids Safe on Halloween

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Dressing up in costumes to go trick-or-treating is something that many kids look forward to all year long. For parents, however, safety is the biggest concern. Focus on three things to keep your kids safe on Halloween.

One, you need to think about a safe costume; Two, make you’re your kids are safe walking through your neighborhood: and Three, the safety of the candy and treats your kids bring home after trick-or-treating.

1. Costume Safety

  • Costume accessories such as knives and swords should be soft, short and flexible.
  • Test make-up on a small area of skin before applying to insure there is no skin irritation.
  • Costumes that fit correctly help prevent slips and trips.
  • Masks should fit properly so children can easily see.

2. Walking Safety

  • Always walk on sidewalks, if available. If there are no sidewalks walk the opposite direction of traffic and stay as far left as possible.
  • Use reflective material on costumes and bags so drivers can see you .
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
  • Carry glow sticks or flashlights so others can see you and you can see them.
  • Children under the age of 12 should always have adult supervision when trick-or-treating.

3. Halloween Candy Safety

  • Only let your child eat factory-wrapped treats, never eat home-made treats from strangers.
  • Make sure you inspect candy or treats before they are eaten.
  • Many communities offer places that will check your child’s candy or trade it for candy you know is safe.

Remember, for a safe, fun-filled Halloween: keep safety in mind when planning a costume, go trick-or-treating with your kids and check all their candy before giving it to them. For more information on Halloween safety, visit Happy Halloween!

Sources:
http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/
http://www.safekids.org/halloween
https://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/121343/100.pdf
https://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/121343/100.pdf