To help ensure a safe Halloween night, we have put together an extensive list of things to remember that will help make it a trick-free treat!

Costumes

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective
  • Look for “Flame-Resistant” on the costume label
  • Consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives to masks
  • Avoid any sharp or long swords, canes or sticks as costume accessories
  • Don’t use colored or decorative contact lenses, unless they’re prescribed by a licensed eye doctor
  • Put a name-tag – with your phone number, on your children’s costumes

On the Trick-or-Treat Trail

For kids under 12

  • Always go trick-or-treating with an adult
  • Know how to call 911 in case they get lost
  • Know their home phone number or your cellphone number if you don’t have a landline

For kids going out on there own

  • Know their planned route and when they’ll be coming home
  • Carry a cellphone
  • Go in a group and stay together
  • Only go to houses with porch lights on
  • Stay away from candles and other flames
  • Know to never go into strangers’ homes or cars

For all kids

  • Walk on sidewalks on lit streets (never through alleys or across lawns)
  • Walk from house to house (never run) and always walk facing traffic when walking on roads
  • Cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop
  • Give kids flashlights with fresh batteries. Kids may also enjoy wearing glow sticks as bracelets or necklaces
  • Limit trick-or-treating to your neighborhood and the homes of people you know

When Kids Get Home

  • Help them check all treats to make sure they’re sealed. Throw out candy with torn packages or holes in the packages, spoiled items, and any homemade treats that weren’t made by someone you know
  • Don’t let young children have hard candy or gum that could cause choking

Pumpkins

  • Never allow small children to carve pumpkins
  • Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin
  • Do not place candlelit pumpkins on a porch or any path where visitors may pass close by

At Home (when you’re giving out candy)

  • Remove tripping hazards to keep your home safe for visiting trick-or-treaters
  • Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs
  • Sweep wet leaves from sidewalks and steps
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater

Source: HealthyChildren.org and KidsHealth.org