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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