How to Have a Safe and Fun Halloween

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Halloween is a great holiday that offers fun and excitement for kids of all ages (and parents, too!), but safety should never take a back seat to the spooky festivities.

To help keep your family of ghouls, goblins, and ghosts safe this Halloween, follow these easy tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Halloween Costume Tips

  • Costumes should incorporate bright colors, include reflexive services, and fit well to avoid tripping. It’s a good idea to add reflective tape to hats or shirts for extra visibility to motorists.
  • Choose wigs and masks that are clearly labeled flame resistant.
  • Avoid masks that reduce visibility. Try makeup or other costume elements instead.
  • Don’t use decorative contact lenses without a prescription.
  • Don’t let small children carve pumpkins—leave the slicing to the parents.
  • Keep candles away from curtains, and make sure they are displayed on a stable and sturdy table.
  • Remove porch clutter or any objects trick-or-treaters might trip over.
  • Keep the outside of your home well lit, and replace any burned-out bulbs.
  • Trick-or-treating children should always be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
  • Designate an acceptable route and a time you expect your older children to be home if you’re allowing them to trick or treat on their own.
  • Have everyone carry a flashlight with fully-charged batteries.
  • Don’t trick or treat at homes unless the porch light is on.
  • Cross the street only in groups and at a designated crosswalk.
  • Yield the right of way to cars—never assume just because you can see them that they can see you.

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