Halloween Safety Tips

As Halloween approaches, it is important to prepare and plan ahead to make this holiday a safe one.



  1. Only buy costumes that are made from flame resistant material. Don’t assume that the materials are flame-resistant: the label should say “flame-retardant.

  2. Choose a costume that can easily be seen at night. You may need to fit the costume with reflective or glow-in-the-dark tape.

  3. The trick-or-treat bag should glow or have reflective material on it, to be easily seen at night.

  4. To prevent tripping, avoid costumes that have material or fabric that trail past the child’s feet.

  5. Flashlights and glow sticks are a convenient safety accessory for many children’s costumes.

  6. Use electric lights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards because trick-or-treaters costumes may brush against the lighting.

  7. Don’t let your child’s costume cover their face or eyes.

  8. Accompany your children when going trick-or-treating. Give them a cell phone and make sure they know how to call 911 as well as their home phone number in case they get lost.

  9. Limit trick-or-treating to your neighborhood and the homes of people you and your children know.

  10. Check all treats to make sure they’re sealed. Throw out opened candy or with holes in the packages. Trash any homemade treats that haven’t been made by someone you know.

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