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safety Halloween children
From the candy to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for
kids and parents alike. But it can pose dangers to young revelers.
Concern yourself with safety halloween children
To help make this year's festivity a trick-free treat, follow
these simple safety tips:
Your Little Ghouls
- Choose a light-colored costume
because these are easily seen at night. Add reflective tape or
glow-in-the-dark tape to the front and back of the costume and to
the trick-or-treat bag.
- Only buy a costume that is labeled
"flame-retardant." This means the material won't burn. If
you are making your own costume, use nylon or polyester materials,
which are flame-retardant.
- Make sure wigs and beards don't
cover your kids' eyes, noses, or mouths.
- Kids shouldn't wear masks — they
can make it difficult for them to see and breathe. Instead, use
nontoxic face paint or makeup. Have younger kids draw pictures of
what they want to look like. Older kids will have fun putting the
makeup on themselves. Test the face paint or makeup on your child's
arm or hand before applying to make sure the paint doesn't irritate
- Avoid colored or decorative
contact lenses, unless they have been prescribed by an eye doctor
for your child.
- Put a nametag — with your phone
number — on your children's costumes.
- Avoid oversized and high-heeled
shoes that could cause kids to trip. Make sure the rest of the
costume fits well, too, which can help prevent trips and falls.
- Make sure that any props your kids carry, such as wands or
swords, are short and flexible.
Look after your safety halloween children
- Don't let kids use knives. Have
them draw their designs on the pumpkin with a black marker — then
you or an older sibling can do the carving.
- Keep kids at a safe distance while
you're carving the pumpkin so that they don't distract you or get in
the way of sharp objects.
- Remove pumpkin guts safely. If
your children beg to remove the guts of the pumpkin — as many kids
do — don't hand over a knife to do it. Instead, let your little
ones get messy by scooping out pumpkin flesh with their hands or an
ice cream scoop.
- Clean up the mess. Pumpkin flesh
is slippery and can cause falls and injuries when dropped on the
floor. Layer newspaper or old cloths under your carving workspace
and clean up spills right away so no one slips or trips.
- Skip the candles, which may cause fires. A burning candle in
a pumpkin may become a blazing fire if left unattended. Instead, use
a glow stick (available in many colors) or flameless candle to
safely illuminate your jack-o'-lantern.
- Accompany young children (under
age 12). Make sure they know how to call 911 in case they get lost.
Check to make sure they know their home phone number.
- For older kids who are
trick-or-treating on their own, find out the route they'll be taking
and when they'll be coming home. Also be sure that they:
carry a cell phone, if possible
go in a group and stay together
only go to houses with porch
lights on and walk on sidewalks on lit streets (never walk through
alleys or across lawns)
walk from house to house (never
run) and always walk facing traffic when walking on roads
stay away from candles and other
know to never go into strangers'
homes or cars
cross the street at crosswalks
and never assume that vehicles will stop
- Give kids flashlights with new
batteries. Kids may also enjoy wearing glow sticks as bracelets or
- Limit trick-or-treating to your
neighborhood and the homes of people you and your children know.
- When your kids get home, check all
treats to make sure they're sealed. Throw out candy with torn
packages or holes in the packages, spoiled items, and any homemade
treats that haven't been made by someone you know.
- Don't allow young children to have
hard candy or gum that could cause choking.
- Make sure trick-or-treaters will be safe when visiting your
home, too. Remove anything that could cause kids to trip or fall on
your walkway or lawn. Make sure the lights are on outside your house
and light the walkway to your door, if possible. Keep family pets
away from trick-or-treaters, even if they seem harmless to you.
Gobbling Down Halloween Goodies
- Offer a filling meal before your
kids head out to trick-or-treat so they won't scarf down too much of
- Consider purchasing Halloween
treats other than candy. Stickers, erasers, crayons, pencils,
coloring books, and sealed packages of raisins and dried fruits are
- Know how much candy your kids have collected and store it
somewhere other than their bedrooms. Consider being somewhat lenient
about candy eating on Halloween, within reason, and talk about how
the rest of the candy will be handled. Let kids have one or two
treats a day instead of leaving candy out in big bags or bowls for
kids to sample at will. Consider giving some of the treats away.
Take these quick and easy precautions to help your little ghosts
and goblins have a hauntingly happy and safe Halloween.
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