Follow these tips to celebrate Halloween safely this year !
Halloween Safety Tips
Costume Safety
Costume Safety
  • Choose costumes that are light-colored and more visible to motorists.
  • Use reflective tape to decorate costumes and candy bags to increase visibility
  • Use make-up rather than a mask
  • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
  • Costumes should be short enough that a child will not trip and fall.
  • Choose costume accessories such as swords or knives that are made of soft and flexible material.
  • Costumes should be made of flame-retardant material.
  • Do not use novelty contacts such as “cat eyes” or “snake eyes.”
Pedestrian Safety
Pedestrian Safety
  • Engage in Halloween activities during the daylight hours, if possible.
  • Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
  • Remind children to walk, not run, and to only cross streets at crosswalks.
  • Be sure your children are accompanied by a responsible adult who has a flashlight.
Home Safety
Home Safety
  • Remove obstacles from your lawn, porch, or steps if you are expecting trick-or-treaters.
  • Make sure your front porch is well-lit.
  • Avoid using candle-lit jack-o-lanterns if possible. If you do use candles, don’t place them near curtains, furnishings, or decorations. Move them off porches where children’s costumes may ignite.
  • Keep your pets in another room when you are expecting trick-or-treaters.
  • Small children should not carve pumpkins.
  • Turn on an outside light if welcoming trick-or-treaters.
Treat Safety
Treat Safety
  • Instruct children to wait until they are home to eat any candy.
  • Check candy and novelty toys for potential choking hazards.
  • Make sure packaging doesn't have any tears or tampering.
  • Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
Motorists
Motorists
  • Slow down, especially in residential areas.
  • Use child safety seats or seat belts when driving children around, and
  • Watch for children darting out from parked cars. have children get out of cars on the curb side, not facing traffic.
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