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Halloween Safety Tips

By Laura Byrom 10.2.13

Looking forward to a frighteningly fun Halloween this year? By following a few simple safety tips, everyone can enjoy a ghoulishly good time.

Decorate safely

Carving pumpkins can be messy and downright dangerous. Ditch the carving tools and opt for kid-friendly art supplies like paints and glitter instead. Don’t have time to hit up the nearest craft store? No problem, just order one of these handy pumpkin decorating kits online. If you expect trick-or-treaters at your house, remove any obstructions from your lawn or sidewalk and avoid using decorations with open flames on your porch.

Dress appropriately

To prevent children from tripping and falling, make sure their costumes fit properly. Masks have the tendency to slip out of place and obstruct vision, so you may want to try using nontoxic face paint instead. Any costume props, like swords and wands, should be soft and flexible.

Trick-or-treat wisely

  • Plan your route in advance and stick to familiar neighborhoods.
  • Young children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Establish a curfew for older children and encourage them to travel in groups.
  • Only approach houses that are well-lit.
  • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries and consider using reflective tape on costumes and treat bags.
  • At the end of the night, parents should sort through candy and dispose of any unwrapped or suspicious items.

Drive cautiously

If you leave your house during trick-or-treat hours, bear in mind that there will be heavy pedestrian traffic, so be sure to drive slow and keep an eye out for little ghosts and goblins.

For more information on keeping your kids safe this Halloween, visit http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/.