Tips to be safe befpre Halloween Trick-or-Treating
- Make costumes that are bright, reflective, and short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement, or contact with flames. Consider adding reflective tape or stripping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
- Make sure that shoes fit well.
- Secure emergency ID (name, address, phone number) discreetly within the Halloween costume or on a bracelet.
- Masks can limit or block eyesight, so consider using non-toxic makeup and decorative hats instead.
- When buying costumes, wigs, and accessories, purchase only those with labels clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
- Put fresh batteries in flashlights for all children and their escorts.
- Use only battery-powered lanterns or chemical light sticks in place of candles in decorations and costumes.
- Teach children how to call 911 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that 911 can be dialed free at any pay phone. If possible, give children a cell phone to carry.
- Review with your children the principle of “Stop-Drop-Roll” in case their clothes catch on fire.
- Discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior during Halloween.
- Consider purchasing individually packaged healthy food alternatives for Trick-or-Treaters visiting your home. These include low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini-boxes of raisins, single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
- Non-food items that make nice treats include pencils, stickers, erasers, coins.
- Eliminate tripping or other hazards on your porch and around your property. Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes, and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
- Learn or review CPR skills to aid someone who is choking or having a heart attack.
- Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows what it is.