Posted on October 28, 2016 by CHS
It's fall and children everywhere are getting ready to transform into their favorite character for one magical night – Halloween. However, with all of the excitement of Halloween come some hidden dangers.
Here are tips both you and your child can follow to keep Halloween fun, but safe.
For Parents or Caregivers
- Always have a responsible adult accompany children while out trick-or-treating.
- Plan your route for trick-or-treating and discuss this with your child.
- Make sure that you have a meeting place if you are to get separated from your child.
- Teach your child to stop only at well-lit houses and to never enter a stranger’s home or garage.
- Establish a time for your child to return home.
- Make sure Halloween costumes are flame retardant and visible with retro-reflective material
- Tell your child not to eat any treats until they get home.
- Try to avoid facemasks and disguises that can obstruct vision. Instead, use nontoxic face paint.
- Make sure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
- Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries, and place it faced down in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.
- Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets, if possible.
- Cross streets only at the corner and never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.
- Trick-or-treat in a group if someone older cannot go with you.
For more tips on staying safe while trick-or-treating, see AAA’s article on Halloween Safety.
Hidden dangers can also lurk in treat bags. Halloween and candy go hand-in-hand, but not all treats are healthy or safe.
Here are some tips to help your family stay healthy on Halloween.
- Have your child eat a full meal before trick-or-treating to discourage him from eating too many candies during or after trick-or-treating.
- Once your child comes home, check to see if any of the treats are spoiled, unwrapped, and for any suspicious items.
- Throw out any treats that are not commercially wrapped.
- Create a “treat box” and ration treats for the days following Halloween to limit sugar intake.
Pumpkin carving is also a Halloween tradition. Here are some safety procedures for you and your child to follow:
- Do not allow your child to carve pumpkins alone. Instead, have her draw a face with a marker and you can carve it for them.
- Use a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin to avoid accidental fire. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
- Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from any flammable objects.
- Do not leave a candlelit pumpkin unattended.
For more information about Halloween safety, visit: