Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Tips

Halloween is a fun time for kids, but it is also an important time to be extra vigilant for possible safety hazards so that your children have a fun and safe Halloween.  Some tips to make Halloween safe include: 


·     Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.

·     Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.

·     Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

·     At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.


·     Make sure that an adult supervises the children.

·     Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow.   

·     Instruct your children to stop only at houses that are well lit and to never enter a stranger's home.

·     Establish a return time.

·     Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.

·     Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.


·     Knives, swords and other accessories should be made form cardboard or flexible materials.  Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.

·     Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with retro reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark.

·     Carrying flashlights will help children see better and be seen more clearly.

 On the way

  • Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
  • Walk; do not run, from house to house. 
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.


·     Give children an early meal before going out.

·     Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.

·     Wash fruit and slice it into small pieces.

·     When in doubt, throw it out.

I hope this article has reminded you of some important safety tips for Halloween.  With some simple precautions, you can ensure that Halloween remains a safe and happy experience for the whole family.