Halloween Safety: Commonsense Ways to Make Sure the Big Night is All Treats with No Tricky Surprises

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Take a look at the following safety tips for ensuring your little ones have a memorable and safe evening participating in all the Halloween activities as well as to make your home safe and welcoming to the little ghosts and goblins in your neighborhood.

Costume Cues

Be sure costumes, masks and wigs you have purchased are all labeled flame resistant.

Avoid using bulky fabrics, high heels, trailing hemlines and scarves and anything else that might be an accident waiting to happen when designing your own costumes.

Knives, swords and other like accessories should be made from flexible and softer materials to minimize accidents. Remember softer is smarter.

Decorate costumes with retroreflective tape or stickers if costumes are going to be worn after dark. Provide flashlights to everyone.

Hats and masks should allow clear, unobstructed sight lines and fit perfectly. Have small children remove them between house visits. Washable face paints can be used instead of masks if you really want to play it safe.

House Calls

Before the big night, clear all items that could potentially cause accidents such as garden hoses, lawn ornaments and ladders from your walkways, front yard and porch.

Put pets in a place where they will feel calm and safe since many tend to get spooked on Halloween night. Pets that are usually kept in the back yard should be brought indoors for the evening or put in a place where they can not get out should a gate be left opened. You can also place a padlock on the gate.

Small children can draw faces on pumpkins instead of carving them with sharp tools. They can also help with scooping out the pumpkin seeds. Let the adults handle the actual cutting and carving.

Use flashlights or battery powered candles to get your pumpkin glowing. Be sure to place pumpkins well away from paper or cloth decorations if you must use candles.

Out and About

Make sure children understand they are not to eat any of the candy they receive trick-or-treating until you have inspected it. Serve dinner before going out to ward off temptations or grab a few pieces from your own loot.

Paper treat bags can rip easily. To prevent a tearful incident use a cloth sack, double bagging or carry a few extras.

Keep groups small enough so you can easily keep track of little one's. It is a smart idea to write your telephone number on your toddlers costume.

For groups of older children who do not require a chaperon, set a time and area limit and remind them not to cut through yards, approach any homes that are dark and not to cross between cars. Send them with a cell phone if they know how to use it.

Treat Tip

Wary parents would rather not take a chance with fruits, unwrapped cookies and candy and tend to toss them out. Instead, think stickers, pencils, coins, comics and other small goodies.

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author avatar Denise O
7th Oct 2010 (#)

Good article. All great advice.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Denise O
7th Oct 2010 (#)

Sorry, congrats on the star, it was well deserved.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
7th Oct 2010 (#)

Very nice job! (LOVE that Jack pumpkin!)

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
8th Oct 2010 (#)

Loved the tiniest ghosts and goblins :-) Beautifully written thanks so much for sharing.

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author avatar Lucy Jones
1st Nov 2010 (#)

Wonderful post and well deserving of a star. The finger flashlights are cool. Thank you so much for sharing.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
1st Nov 2010 (#)

Wonderful article! I think you covered every area for a safe Halloween--great tips :-) congratulations on the star. Well deserved.

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author avatar Halloween
18th Sep 2011 (#)

Halloween can be really fun when safe.


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