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Halloween Safety Tips for Families

Children dressed in halloween costumes sitting on a porch with candy buckets

Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house. But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns. Here are a few things for you to keep in mind when taking your little Goblins out for Trick or Treating… This is the scariest spookiest holiday of the year and it never hurts to have a little refresher on the precautions of keeping your little ones safe.

Children dressed in halloween costumes sitting on a porch with candy buckets

1. Light Up.. Make sure those kiddos (and you) are easily seen while out walking the streets. Have plenty of flashlights and glow sticks to hand out before heading out. If you’re doing goody bags for a party consider including those. Dimly lit streets, children in costumes they can’t see out of, and cars can make a terrible combination. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Another really bad combination is a lit jack o lantern and a costume that isn’t flame retardant! Check those labels. Only flame retardant materials should be used on costumes.

2. Make sure those costumes fit properly. They should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard. According the the National Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries on Halloween. Who knew?

3. It should go without saying, but when it comes to accessories, it’s not ok to give little junior an actual samurai sword to complete his look. Make sure that all swords, knives, daggars and sharp objects are made from cardboard or flexible materials.. If you’re tripping over your too long costume the last thing you need is a sharp blade to fall on.

4. Check that candy. In case you haven’t been watching Law and Order, it’s a crazy world we live in and people do very strange things. If you happen to get fruit (how dare they) make sure it’s washed thoroughly and cut into small pieces.. Remember the razor blade stories we all grew up with? Any unwrapped candy should be tossed without question. (and those gross little peanut butter candies that are wrapped in black or orange paper, throw those out on sheer principle.) Just remember, when in doubt, throw it out.

If you’re going to be out driving this Halloween here are some tips for you!

Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

Have a Spooky, but Safe Halloween!

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