Halloween Safety Tips for the Family


Halloween Safety Tips for the Family

October 9, 2016

Written by: Sarah Dee

Halloween is one of the most beloved fall holidays for young and old alike. Whether spooky and scary or quirky and fun, costumes, parties, and even good old fashioned trick or treating are just a few of the popular activities that take place on Halloween night. Although it’s a night full of frights and fun, here are some tips to stay safe and not create a real life fright of your own:

Choosing the Right Costume


What would Halloween be without a costume? For years, kids (and adults) have dressed up in elaborate costumes and makeup, pretending to be someone else for the night. Costuming takes careful planning, particularly when accessorizing, but it’s also important to consider the safety of your costume. Always make sure that your whole costume (even the seemingly harmless props) does not become a tripping hazard, restrict your mobility, or impair your vision. If you are planning on trick or treating outside, after dusk, make sure that you’re visible by either attaching reflective tape to your costume or carry a flashlight.

Lookout for Motorists


When trick or treating, the main focus may be where to score the best candy, but it’s also important to keep your focus while walking through the neighborhood. Be careful when crossing the streets and never assume that motorists will be on the lookout for you. Remember, many drivers may be distracted and according to the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, some motorists may be driving while under the influence of alcohol after attending a Halloween party, therefore, always use crosswalks or cross at intersections and beware of any reckless drivers.


Watch Your Step


Sidewalks can be uneven and when covered with fallen leaves, it may be difficult to tell what types of hazards lie beneath. Some of the best ways to avoid tripping and slipping accidents is by trick or treating before dusk, watch where you walk, and avoid looking at distractions while walking such as your cellphone or digging in your treat bucket for your favorite candy bar.

Use Common Sense


Even if a child is trick or treating with friends or neighbors, he or she should be accompanied by an adult, especially if under the age of 12. Stick to well-lit neighborhoods and areas you know well, including the houses of neighbors, friends, and family. Don’t stop at homes that aren’t lit for passing out treats and always use caution when approaching places you don’t know. Listen to your gut, if something doesn’t feel right, you might be right. When in doubt, check out alternative trick or treating options in your community.

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While walking around a neighborhood is still a popular way to trick or treat, many families forgo the outdoor experience and seek out alternatives such as going to a festival, heading to the mall, or go trunk or treating. Trunk or Treating is often an event that is sponsored by an organization in the community and takes place in a large parking lot. All participants or “treaters” decorate their cars, fill the trunk with candy, and pass out treats to costumed children who walk around the lot. It’s a safer and more convenient alternative for families of all ages, but still celebrates the spirit of a favorite holiday.


Sarah Dee is a writer and mother. While she writes about a variety of topics, her passion and main focus is writing about child and roadway safety. She enjoys with connecting with fellow parent writers and exchanging stories and experiences.



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