Halloween is a fun time for kids and grown-ups alike. But between pumpkin carving, spooky decorations, and the time-honored tradition of trick-or-treating, Halloween can also present some real safety concerns. Luckily, a few precautions can ensure that this Halloween is enjoyable and safe for everyone.
- Have small children draw or paint faces on pumpkins, and do not let your older kiddos carve pumpkins without adult supervision.
- Instead of a real candle, use a glow stick or flameless tea light to illuminate your jack-o-lantern.
- Whether you’re passing out candy or hosting a Halloween party, keep sidewalks and walkways clear of decorations and debris. And make sure walkways are well lit.
- Nothing puts a damper on fun faster than a lawsuit. Make sure you know what your homeowner’s insurance policy covers just in case someone gets injured on your property.
- When planning your Halloween display, keep your audience in mind. If your neighborhood is filled with small children, a really gruesome display might not go over so well.
- Hand out only pre-packaged and kid-friendly treats. Consider having a non-candy option for those with food allergies.
- Make sure your child’s costume is flame-retardant and fits properly.
- If your children are trick-or-treating after dusk, make sure they carry a flashlight, glow sticks, or have reflective tape on their costumes.
- For older kids trick-or-treating without adults, warn them to never ever enter a stranger’s home or car.
- Be sure to inspect all treats at home for signs of tampering, such as small pinholes in wrappers and torn packaging. Discard anything that looks questionable.
The safest way of all to spend this or any Halloween is at home with family and friends, or by attending a school or community function sponsored by people or an organization you know and trust. So have fun, but most of all be safe.