While Halloween is filled with fun when it comes to dressing in costume and trick-or-treating, it can be a dangerous holiday, particularly for children. Studies have shown that October 31st experiences some of the highest numbers of emergency room visits of any holiday throughout the year.
The following are important trick-or-treating tips for a safe Halloween:
- Always stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks when trick-or-treating. Ensure that your children do not dart into the streets.
- Use flashlights to see or increase your visibility to others, as well as wear reflective tape.
- Make sure trick-or-treaters have supervision or walk in groups.
- Only visit houses that are greatly illuminated and welcoming.
- Use extra caution when operating a vehicle during Halloween, always be aware of your surroundings.
- If you plan on handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, ensure your property is safe to visit and address potential hazards.
- Parents should inspect the candy their children take home from trick-or-treating, so be wary of any evidence of tampering and homemade candies.
Safety tips regarding costumes include:
- Ensure that accessories, such as toy swords, knives, or other pointy props are safe for young children.
- Pick costumes that are flame resistant.
- If you plan on trick-or-treating or walking around throughout the night, wear comfortable and durable footwear.
- If you plan on wearing face paint or makeup as part of the costume, test it on your arm or leg first to see if an allergic reaction occurs before applying the product to your face.
- Wear bright colors or reflectors to be more visible during the evening.
- Wear decorative contact lenses that are FDA-approved.
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