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Halloween Safety Tips 2013

October 30, 2013

The following Halloween Safety Tips have been developed by the American Crime Prevention Institute.

Children’s Costumes

  • Costumes should be bright and reflective. Shoes should fit well and costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Costumes, wigs and accessories should be flame resistant.
  • Eye holes in children’s costumes should be large enough for good peripheral vision.
  • Add reflective tape or striping to costumes and/or trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • If the weather is cold, children should have warm clothing under their costumes.
  • When purchasing special Halloween makeup, the packages should contain ingredients labeled “Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives,” “Laboratory Tested,” Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics,” or “Non-Toxic.” Follow manufactures instructions for application.
  • Costume props such as toy guns or swords should be made of pliable material.
  • Realistic replica firearms should never be used.
  • Avoid cumbersome masks. Use make-up instead.
  • Use battery powered lanterns or chemical light sticks instead of candles in decorations or costumes.
  • All children and their escorts should have flashlights with fresh batteries.
  • Place name, emergency identification and address on the costume and/or on a bracelet.

Tips for Trick-or-Treating

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children when they are trick-or-treating.
  • It is preferable for children to trick-or-treat during daylight hours. Dusk is the time of poorest visibility for drivers.
  • If driving, drive slowly to avoid hitting trick or treaters
  • Children should trick-or-treat in a group, preferably with a responsible adult.
  • Advise children they should never enter a stranger’s home.
  • Children trick-or-treating should obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
  • Children should only trick-or-treat in well-known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.
  • Children trick-or-treating should remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Children trick-or-treating should have specific time limits.
  • Instruct children not to eat any treats or candy until it has been brought home and inspected.
  • Children should be told to walk, don’t run, from house to house.
  • When trick-or-treating, don’t allow children to bicycle, roller-blade or skateboard.
  • Children should be strongly warned not to approach unfamiliar pets and animals.
  • Children should be told to be polite and say “thank you”.


After Trick-or-Treating

  • Unpackaged trick-or-treat items such as popcorn or small candies should be discarded.
  • All fruit should be cut and carefully examined before eating.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards.

Halloween Safety Tips for Pet Owners

  • Don’t leave your pet in the yard on Halloween. Pets can be teased, injured, stolen or even killed.
  • Chocolate is poisonous to many pets. Tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous to pets if swallowed.
  • Be careful of pets around a lighted pumpkin. They may knock it over or get burned.
  • All but the most social pets should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treating.
  • Be careful your dog or cat doesn’t dart out through an open door.

Home Decorations

  • Do not overload electrical outlets when decorating for Halloween with lighting or special effects.
  • Welcome trick or treaters by turning on your exterior lights.
  • Keep jack-o-lanterns or hot electric lamps away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children or pets will be standing or walking.
  • When pumpkin carving, young children shouldn’t be allowed to use a sharp knife to cut the top or the face.
  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, flower pots or anything that can trip trick-or-treaters.
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