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Enjoy Halloween Trick or Treating with your kids using these trips from safekids.org and fed.gov.

Costumes

  • Make sure that costumes are flame resistant. Store purchased costumes should be labeled “flame resistant” or home made costumes should be made from flame-resistant fabrics like polyester or nylon.
  • Add reflective tape or stickers to costumes and bags to make your children more visible in the dark. Costumes with light colors will also help. Children can also carry glow sticks or flashlights so they can be seen.
  • Costumes should be the right size and not be too long to avoid trips and falls. Watch out for costumes that have dangling parts that could get stuck in doors.
  • Instead of masks, which can reduce children’s vision, consider hats and/or makeup with their costume. Makeup should be tested in advance to make sure the child isn’t allergic to it. Test a small amount of the makeup on the arm of the child. If signs of irritation develop such as a rash, swelling, or redness, do not use the makeup on Halloween.
  • Do not let your child or teen wear trendy contact lenses unless you have seen an eye doctor ahead of time for approval. Wearing them could have long term consequences such as serious eye disorders, infections, and/or permanent vision loss.

Driving on Halloween

  • Reduce the distractions in your car. Put away, silence, or turn off your cell phone so you can concentrate on your surroundings as you drive.
  • Turn on your headlights earlier in the day so you can spot children who may be walking to trick or treating areas.
  • Drive more slowly and pay attention. Excited children may not pay attention and may run in front of your car.
  • Pay more attention when going through intersections, when turning, and if you are entering or exiting alleys.

Trick or Treat Safety

  • Adults should walk with children under 12 years old. Put your electronic devices away and pay attention as you’re walking.
  • Use sidewalks or paths when possible. For areas without sidewalks, walk with your children, facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Plan a route that has the least amount of street crossings. Only cross a street at crosswalks, and look both ways, twice before crossing. When crossing a street, make sure your child makes eye contact with drivers to be sure they see your child.
  • Watch out for cars that are backing up. Teach your child never to walk between cars or run in front of a car.

Treat safety

  • Have a small snack or a meal before trick or treating to reduce the temptation to snack before bringing the candy home.
  • Eating candy right away is tempting, but teach your children to wait until it’s been inspected at home.  This is especially important if a child has food allergies.
  • Treats or toys that may be choking hazards should be removed from the bags of very young children.
  • Any commercially wrapped treats with an unusual appearance, tears in the wrappers, or tiny pinholes should be thrown away. Homemade treats should only be eaten if they were given by family or friends who you know personally.

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