Halloween Safety Tips For Children

Costumes

  • Wear light colored clothing when possible
  • If not possible, apply reflective strips/appliques to costume
  • Carry a flashlight and/or light stick
  • Be sure child can walk easily in costume without tripping
  • Child should be able to see clearly and completely through any head coverings
  • Be careful around any flames, especially when walking past jack-o-lanterns on a windy night

Trick or treating

  • Always trick or treat with a buddy or, even better, a group of friends
  • At least one adult or responsible older teenager (minimum 15-16 years of age) should accompany any group of children
  • Walk from place to place, staying with your group, checking for traffic, staying on sidewalk or the far side of the road, allowing plenty of time to cross all roads
  • Visit only the homes of people known to and trusted by your family
  • Never enter anyone’s home – remain at the doorstep
  • Tell the adult or older teen if anyone suggests that you come into his/her home or asks you to do anything you think is wrong or makes you feel uncomfortable
  • Trick or treat during the early hours of the evening – up to 8:30 p.m.

At home

  • Have an adult or responsible older teen check all candy once you have returned home
  • Throw away any candy or treats that are unwrapped, in a wrapper whose seal has been broken or looks tampered with, in a wrapper that has been punctured in any way, or in homemade wrapping unless your family knows and trusts the person who gave it to you

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