Halloween is a night of mystery, scares, and fun, but your trick-or-treat outing or costume party shouldn’t be dangerous. There are plenty of ways to stay safe and fun on the 31st! Here are 19!
- Don’t let kids use the knives, and make sure they aren’t in the way when the pumpkin is being cut.
- Be sure to clean up – pumpkin guts are messy and could cause falls.
- Try using a glow stick or a light bulb inside the finished pumpkin rather than lighting a candle, which can be a fire hazard.
- Halloween Decorations can be scary, but avoid dangerous decorations that might have a tripping hazard, a falling hazard, or objects with sharp points.
Tips for preparing your costume:
- Shoes should fit well to avoid trips.
- Masks should not block your vision.
- Baggy costumes can make moving difficulty.
- Test makeup in a small area of the skin to make sure that it is safe to use and no allergic reactions occur. Some costumes may contain latex, which can cause allergic reactions.
- Make sure your costume avoids open flames or hot lamps – some materials can catch on fire or melt, burning the wearer.
- Costume accessories such as swords or knives should be dull and used carefully; no waving around or stabbing at people or items.
- Colored or decorative contact lenses shouldn’t be worn unless they’ve been prescribed by an eye doctor.
Tips for Trick-or-Treating on Halloween:
- Always go trick-or-treating with a flashlight.
- Never run. There are a lot of things to hit or trip over, including other people.
- Attach reflective tape to your costume to help cars and other vehicles see you if you walk in the road.
- Don’t go trick-or-treating alone; go with a group or a trusted adult.
- Avoid eating homemade treats unless you can trust the person that gave it to you, or an adult says it’s all right.
- Don’t visit dark homes. Only enter homes of the people you know unless a trusted adult is with you.
- If you do not have an adult with you, someone in your group should have a cell phone, and you should travel an agreed-upon route.
- Brighter neighborhoods are safer than dark ones, and well-traveled areas are best. Stay on the sidewalk.
Also remember: when driving on Halloween, be sure to drive slowly and watch out for party-goers or trick-or-treaters on the street.
By following these tips, Halloween will be a fun time for everybody! Now get out there and enjoy!