Oct 20, 2016 Post By: Children's Health

Seven simple tips for safe trick-or-treating
Halloween is a night for scary fun and lifelong memories. Here are seven easy tips for making sure your family’s trick or treating adventure is as safe as it can be.

The spookiest day of the year is quickly sneaking up on us. So you’re probably already on your way to being knee deep in pumpkins, costumes, candy and creating great Halloween memories for your child.

Our Injury Prevention team reminds us that children are four times more likely to be injured or killed while walking on Halloween than at any other time of the year.

You can help make sure that your child has a safe, fun Halloween as they head out for their trick-or-treating adventure this year by following these seven frighteningly easy tip.

  1. Attach reflective tape or stickers to your child’s costume so drivers can see them in the dark. Having kids carry a flashlight or wear glow-in-the dark bracelets is also a smart way to make sure your child is easy to see.
  2. Not only should your child be visible, but they should also be able to see everything around them. Make sure the eye holes in their masks are wide enough. Or, better yet, paint their face using kid-friendly glow-in-the dark face paint.
  3. Keep costumes short and snug. Baggy sleeves and long capes and skirts can cause kids to trip and can catch fire if they brush up against a jack-o-lantern.
  4. Make sure shoes fit. Big floppy shoes that are hard to walk in may cause kids to fall.
  5. Make sure props are flexible. Costume props can hurt kids badly if they fall. Props should be made of plastic or rubber.
  6. Don’t allow kids under 13 to walk alone. Make sure to trick-or-treat in groups with adequate adult-to-child ratio. And, have kids older than 13 go with buddies.
  7. Teach your kids to look left, right and left again before crossing at street corners. Don’t let your kids cross between parked cars.

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