Halloween: Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

Tips for fun, safe Halloween Trick-or-Treating trick-or-treat-bag

If you are heading out for some Halloween fun, a few safety tips can ensure your night is full of treats.  We've gathered some safety instructions for Halloween Trick-or-Treating. Whether it’s the candy your little ghosts and goblins eat, the costumes they wear or road safety while they are out trick-or-treating, here are some tips for a safe night out:

Looking good and staying safe.  Before you head out for the night, review these costume tips:


Costume Safety:

• Do a Halloween Runway Show with your kids – or even yourself – to make sure the costume offers full mobility and trim as needed. Also, make sure junior isn't overloaded.

•Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

•Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

• Consider the footwear. Practicality counts more than having the perfect costume footwear. Selecting the proper footwear can avoid a Halloween mis-step.


Yum! Yum! Here are some tips for candy safety:

Eating sweet treats is a big part of the fun on Halloween. If you’re trick-or-treating, health and safety experts say you should remember these tips:

• Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.

• Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.

• Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.

• Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.

• Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers.

•Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

Final thoughts for a safe and happy Halloween night of fun:trick-or-treating

• Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

• Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.

• Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

• Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

• Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.

• Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.

•Do not accept rides from strangers.

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Happy Halloween!

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