Halloween Tips for Keeping Kids Safe

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On Halloween night, when lots of adults are drinking, kids out trick-or-treating and their parents need to watch out for intoxicated drivers, even in the early evening, according to safety organizations — but that’s not the only safety risk to keep in mind.

You can start being safe for Halloween when you’re selecting a costume.

Here are some safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide:

  • Bear Pumpkin

    Halloween safety tip: If a bear wants your pumpkin, you just let him have that pumpkin. Don’t even protest.

    When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
  • Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
Halloween deaths pedestrians Federal Highway Administration

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Costume Safety Tips

Greenwich Police recently shared these Halloween costume safety tips, GreenwichFreePress.com reports:

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
  • When buying Halloween make up make sure it is non toxic and test it in a small area first
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin irritation
Safe kids Worldwide Halloween 2018

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“Kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.” — Safe Kids Worldwide (safekids.org)

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