19 Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween!

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!

Decorating tips:

  1. Don’t let kids use the knives, and make sure they aren’t in the way when the pumpkin is being cut.
  2. Be sure to clean up – pumpkin guts are messy and could cause falls.
  3. Try using a glow stick or a light bulb inside the finished pumpkin rather than lighting a candle, which can be a fire hazard.
  4. 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:

  1. Shoes should fit well to avoid trips.
  2. Masks should not block your vision.
  3. Baggy costumes can make moving difficulty.
  4. 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.
  5. Make sure your costume avoids open flames or hot lamps – some materials can catch on fire or melt, burning the wearer.
  6. Costume accessories such as swords or knives should be dull and used carefully; no waving around or stabbing at people or items.
  7. 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:

  1. Always go trick-or-treating with a flashlight.
  2. Never run. There are a lot of things to hit or trip over, including other people.
  3. Attach reflective tape to your costume to help cars and other vehicles see you if you walk in the road.
  4. Don’t go trick-or-treating alone; go with a group or a trusted adult.
  5. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you can trust the person that gave it to you, or an adult says it’s all right.
  6. Don’t visit dark homes. Only enter homes of the people you know unless a trusted adult is with you.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!

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