Halloween safety tips for children and parents/guardians:
Costumes should be flame-retardant and should allow children to walk freely without tripping.
Wear reflective or bright costumes at night.
Avoid facial masks which may impair your children's ability to see, hear, and move, use non-toxic face paint and makeup instead.
Children should carry a flashlight.
Plan your tick-or-treat route ahead of time, staying in your own immediate neighborhood (or at least familiar ones) and only along well-lit streets.
Always trick-or-treat with friends and stay in a group, there is safety in numbers.
Extra care should be taken on streets and at crossings, especially at dusk and after dark.
Avoid crossing through yards, driveways and poorly lit areas.
Teach children to never approach a home that is not well lit inside and out.
Children should never enter a home or a car for a treat.
An adult should always examine Halloween treats before children eat them. Never eat open or unwrapped Halloween foods.
Halloween Safety Tips for Homeowners:
Make your home inviting for trick-or treaters; light up your home inside and out.
Clear your yard and walkways of any obstructions for the trick-or-treaters.
Use battery powered candles or glow sticks in your jack o'lanterns instead of real flames.
Secure your pets to ensure they do not get frightened and inadvertently bite trick-or-treaters.
Consider healthy food alternatives (fruit roll ups or crackers) or non-food treats such as pencils, bouncy balls or temporary tattoos for trick-or-treaters