Halloween Safety Tips

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Published on October 31, 2021

Halloween Safety Tips

Illustration of a Halloween pumpkin wearing a face maskThis Halloween, the kids are more excited then ever, thinking about what they'll be wearing, the houses they'll visit and who they will be trick-or-treating with. Due to the pandemic last year, anticipation and expectations are likely higher than normal this year.

As a parent, you'll not only have to consider precautions that need to be taken while your kids enjoy the holiday due to the ongoing pandemic (such as mask wearing and social distancing), but it's also important to keep in mind that Halloween poses a number of dangers for young revelers.

Following the tips will better ensure that trick-or-treating this year brings nothing but smiles – and maybe just a bit too much candy!

🎃 Choose costumes made from flame-resistant fabric

🎃 Avoid costumes that are too long or obstruct movement

🎃 Skip masks that block vision – use face makeup instead

🎃 Add reflectors or reflective tape to increase visibility

🎃 Carry flashlights or glow sticks

🎃 Adults should accompany children under 12, children over 12 should go out in groups

🎃 Tell kids to stick to familiar areas and only visit well-lit houses

🎃 Discuss what kids should do if they don’t feel safe

🎃 Examine treats before eating

Street Safety Tips

🎃 Cross at corners and look both ways first

🎃 Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you

🎃 Stay on sidewalks, not in the street

🎃 Never enter a home or car

🎃 Walk, don’t run

 

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