Halloween Safety Tips for Kids

By Allison O'Connor

Group of kids in Halloween costumesCandy, candy and more candy. Halloween is every kids favorite holiday. And in just a couple of weeks, your kids will be tugging on your arm to take them trick or treating the moment they get home from school.

So, before you slip on your witches hat, please keep these 10 tips in mind for a safe and fun Halloween night. We’d also like to thank child safety expert and author of  The Safe Baby, Debra Holtzman, J.D., M.A., for contributing to this list.

1.) Select a safe and bright costume. Make sure your child’s costume (including beards, masks and wigs) is clearly marked as flame resistant or look for flame resistant fabrics such as nylon or polyester. If the costume does not have any reflective fabric, add your own reflective tape on the back and front. Avoid billowing or long trailing features, especially those made of lightweight fabrics or materials. Your child should wear well-fitting shoes to prevent trips and falls. Costume accessories, including swords and knives, should be soft and flexible.

2.) Masks can obstruct children’s vision and restrict breathing. Consider make-up instead, checking all labels to ensure that it is non-toxic. If children do wear a mask, make sure they can see and breathe easily.

3.) Do not let children under age 12 go trick-or-treating or cross the street without the supervision of an adult on Halloween night. For guidance and safety’s sake, accompany younger children to the door of every house they visit.

4). Make sure your child has his or her own flashlight or glow stick to illuminate pathways and curbs.

5). Trick or treat with your smaller children during daylight hours.

6.) Teens should always go trick-or-treating in a group. Advise them to only stop at familiar homes with an illuminated outdoor light. Remind teens that they should never enter a stranger’s home, car or walk in unpopulated areas. At least one child in their group should have a fully charged cell phone.

7). Make sure you know where and when your teen will be trick or treating and with whom. It’s also a good idea to have the phone number of their friends’ parents in the event of an emergency.

8). Illuminate jack-o-lanterns with flashlights or glow sticks. Avoid candles as they can pose a danger for trick-or-treaters who may come in contact with the open flames and ignite their costumes.

9). Advise your child not to eat any of the candy until you have inspected it first. This is especially important if your child has any food allergies.

10). Monitor their candy intake too. You’d be surprised at how much sugar, fat and calories a single, snack size candy bar has.

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