Blog 10/28/2019

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Halloween is an exciting time for kids. They get to dress up as their favorite characters, spend time with friends, and get a lot of delicious candy. However, with trick-or-treating taking place at night and the various types of candies handed out to kids, it’s important to implement safe practices for the benefits of the kids.

We share a few important areas to address so your children can have a fun and safe Halloween:

Costume tips

  • Bright and reflective costumes are best for walking in the night. Make sure shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping.
  • If your child has a dark costume, consider adding some sort of reflective tape to their costume or trick-or-treat bags for better visibility.
  • Hats and masks should fit properly so that they do not slip over the eyes. Test makeup a day or two before Halloween to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises (such as bad skin reactions) on Halloween night.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is part of your child’s costume, make sure it is sharp and not long. A child may be easily hurt if he/she stumbles or trips.

Home safety

To make your house safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, do the following:

  • Remove anything from the porch or front yard that a child could trip over, such as loose garden hoses, toys, etc. If you have Halloween yard decorations, make sure they are easily visible, so kids don’t trip/run into them!
  • Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
  • Check your outdoor lights and replace any burned-out bulbs as necessary.
  • Make sure your pets are restrained so they don’t maul children (even in kindness!) when you open the door to give them candy.

Walking safety

When your children are out going house-to-house, make sure the following practices are implemented:

  • A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children while trick-or-treating.
  • Have kids (or accompanying parents/adults) carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look both ways before crossing the street!
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Stick to walking on sidewalks or paths, even when exploring less busy neighborhoods.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Encourage your older children to put any electronic devices away when walking (or even better, leave them at home). The fewer distractions present, the safer trick-or-treating will be for everyone!

Candy tips

  • Teach children not to accept and eat anything that isn’t commercially-wrapped. 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.
  • If your child has a food allergy, check the food labels to make sure the allergen isn’t present. Don’t allow him/her to eat any home-baked goods he or she has received, since you don’t know what’s in them.
  • For very young children, be sure to remove any choking hazards, such as gum, peanuts, and hard candies.
  • While children may want to eat candy they receive right away, encourage them to wait until they get home. This way, they’re not distracted while walking around the neighborhood and they don’t make a mess with empty wrappers, sticky hands, etc.

Halloween is a blast. Use these tips to make sure it’s a safe one too!

Sources: SafeKids, American Academy of Pediatrics, U.S. Food & Drug Administration



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