Dressing Up in Costume:
Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Ensure shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with open flames.
When shopping for costumes, wigs, and accessories, look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he/she stumbles or trips.
Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over the eyes.
Small children should never use a knife to carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers and parents can do the cutting.
Votive candles are safest for candle-lit pumpkins. An even better alternative is to use a battery operated light.
Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.
A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
If older children are responsible enough to go out on their own, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
Older children should Trick-or-Treat in a group (at least 2 buddies or more) and communicate where they will be going. Ensure they know to stay together at ALL times.
Children should only go to homes of people they know with the porch light on. Remind children to NEVER go into a home or car for a treat.
Teach your children to run away from people that try to entice them with special treats. Children should yell, scream, resist, make a scene, and run to a safe place if anyone tries to grab them or force them into a vehicle. Then tell a trusted adult and call 911 immediately.
Children should report any suspicious incidents to their parents or guardians or to law enforcement.
Teach children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.
Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you.
Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters to:
Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
Children should remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
Never cut across yards or alleys.
Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars.
Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!