Halloween Safety for Kids

Halloween is so much fun because it’s scary and it makes the tiny hairs on the back of your neck tingle, but it should never be dangerous.  Keeping Halloween safe should be your main priority, but don’t worry too much because most Halloween accidents can be prevented by using a little common sense.  Here are some safety tips that every child should follow while still being able to enjoy the fun and fright of Halloween night.

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Costume Safety: 

Whether you make or buy your child’s Halloween costume, you should make sure that it is made from fireproof or fire retardant materials.  With so many pumpkin candles lying around unattended, you want to make sure your kids’ Halloween costumes don’t catch on fire.  Make sure that eye, nose, mouth, and ear holes are large enough for your child to see, breath, and hear through.  They need to be able to see through the eye holes peripherally as well so they can keep an eye out for oncoming traffic as they’re trick-or-treating.  Also make sure that there are no plastics on the Halloween mask or costume that could cause accidental choking or suffocation.  If there are any Halloween props that go along with a Halloween costume, such as plastic knives, magic wands, or broom handles, make sure the tips are soft and flexible to prevent injury in case they fall down.  You know what they say, it’s all fun and games on Halloween until someone puts an eye out, so be careful!

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Trick-or-Treating Safety: 

While Halloween is meant to be scary, trick-or-treating should be fun, safe, and free from danger on Halloween night.  So, making sure your kids follow the basic safety rules on Halloween just as they should be following on other days is very important.  Remind them to stay away from strangers, no matter how cool their Halloween costumes are, or what kind of candy they’re offering!  They should never get into a strange car or go into a stranger’s house while trick-or-treating.  They should also be especially wary of traffic on Halloween night because there are usually a lot of cars out carrying groups of trick-or-treaters, so looking both ways before crossing and just generally be aware of their surroundings is key.  Wearing reflective materials on the front, back, and sides of their Halloween costume, as well as carry a flashlight, will make it easier for drivers to see them.  Of course, you don’t want to frighten your kids so much that they won’t want to leave the house on Halloween night, but just make sure they are reminded of these tips before they head out for a night of trick-or-treating fun.

Pumpkin Safety: 

Using basic common sense while carving a Halloween jack-o-lantern is obvious, but just make sure you and your kids apply this knowledge before an accident happens.  Very young children should never be allowed to use a knife to carve a pumpkin.  Older children and adults too need to be careful when handling the knife.  Halloween pumpkins tend to get very slippery when being cut, so just make sure everyone is watching their fingers before they become a part of the decoration rather than staying attached to the hands like they should be!  Pumpkin carving kits can be purchased that come with carving saws which are generally safer to use because they are less likely to slip out of the pumpkin quickly.  Kids of all ages can join in the Halloween pumpkin carving fun by drawing on the face to be cut out, as well as cleaning out all that gooey pumpkin stuff inside!

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