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Posted on: October 25, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Safe Halloween

Halloween Safety

Kids love the magic of Halloween: trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house. But, for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year, and October ranks No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,550. To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips, including do's and don'ts: 

  • A responsible adult should accompany young children 
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you 
  • Agree on a specific time children should return home 
  • Teach your children to never enter a stranger's home or car 
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends 
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home 
  • 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 makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first 
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation 
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street 

For more information, visit the National Safety Council website's

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