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Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating

Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year, but with candy and costumes comes the potential for mischief and havoc.

Halloween Party With Children Trick Or Treating In Costume

Halloween Party With Children Trick Or Treating In Costume

Follow these tips for a safe and easy trick-or-treating experience.

Plan Out Your Route

The safest way to avoid any mishap is to go with your child. And who doesn’t want to get the most candy possible? Avoid more walking and less candy by mapping out a route before you leave the house. You could end up several streets away, so make sure you stick to paths that you and your child are familiar with.

Dress For the Best

Everyone knows that Halloween is all about the costumes. Something to keep in mind for you and your child is to wear comfortable walking shoes. Ditch the heels, double-knot the shoelaces to prevent tripping, and make sure they fit well.

Light It Up

Make sure your child is dressed in light colors or stick reflective tape to their costume so they are visible to others, especially drivers on the road. Bring a flashlight to illuminate the path at all times. You never know when there’s a root or a change in levels on the sidewalk!

Keep the Costumes Short

Hem anything that is too long to avoid tripping or snagging. Outfits that drag on the ground can be dangerous.

Avoid Masks

Six children in costumes trick or treating at woman's house

Masks can hinder your child’s sight or airflow. If possible, try to convince your child to skip the mask and use non-toxic makeup to complete their getup.

Use Flexible Props

It would be best to avoid costumes that come with accessories like swords, guns, or other weapons. But if your child insists on the prop (and let’s face it, a lot of costumes wouldn’t be complete without it) then make sure it is rubber or plastic. You don’t want your child to hurt themselves or their friends.

Inspect the Candy

halloween still life

Throw away any candy that is not in its commercially wrapped packaging, or if it looks like it’s been opened. Also remove any candies that pose a choking hazard if you have young children, and candy that either contains peanuts or could have been handled in the same facility that manufactures peanut products. That way, you can sneak some candy too!

Other Things to Consider

● Cross the street at corners to use traffic signals and crosswalks
● Don’t get distracted by your electronic devices when walking across the street
● Watch for cars that are turning or backing up
● Tell your children never to run out into the street or out from behind parked cars. Teach them to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.

Written by Charlotte Meier

About Charlotte Meier

She created HomeSafetyHub.org because she wanted to be able to help keep her family and community safer. She’s using the site to grow a state-specific safety resource database. She has come across a lot of great resources, information, and tips concerning Halloween safety for all ages. 

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