Halloween Safety Tips

Children look forward to Halloween for many reasons. They like dressing up in costumes, eating treats, and spending time with friends and family. Make your child’s Halloween a safe holiday and they’ll have good memories that last a lifetime! Follow these simple tips to keep the day safe and fun:

  • Be sure all children under age 12 trick-or-treat with an adult. Walking on dark streets can be dangerous.
  • Only allow trick-or-treating at the homes of friends and neighbors you know well.
  • If you buy a costume, read the box or label. Look for the words “flame retardant” or “flame resistant”. These costumes are less likely to catch fire.
  • Give your child a flashlight or light stick to carry.
  • Make sure your child can see well. Only use masks with large holes for the eyes or use face paint instead of a mask.
  • Make sure the costume is the right size, keep shoelaces tied, and be careful of pumpkins and things on porches that could trip you.
  • Be sure that costume parts, such as knives and swords, are made of soft fabric that bends easily.
  • Be careful when crossing the street. Look both ways and make sure there are no cars coming.
  • Tell your child to hold hands with another child or adult when crossing the street
  • Remind children to walk, not run, mainly after dark. Stay on sidewalks and don’t cut through back alleys and fields.
  • Candy has sugar that is bad for teeth. Remind your children to brush their teeth very well after eating candy. Consider giving out items like stickers, pencils, or small toys instead of candy.
  • Check all candy before you let your child eat it. Throw away open treats, those not in their new wrapping, and homemade goodies from anyone you don’t know.
  • If you think your child has eaten something that made him/her sick, call 911 or the Poison Control Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. 

When hosting trick-or-treaters at your home, keep these safety tips in mind: 

  • Young children should never help carve a pumpkin. Instead, decorate pumpkins with markers, paint, or stickers.
  • Only burn candles when an adult is in the room and paying attention. Make sure children cannot touch them. Store candles and matches and lighters out of their reach in a locked cabinet.
  • Light jack-o-lanterns with small flashlights instead of candles to make sure costumes don’t catch fire.
  • Make sure walkways and porches are well lighted to help avoid falls. Make sure your lawn is clear of things that could be tripped over, such as pumpkins, ladders, garden hoses, flowerpots, bikes and animal leashes.
  • Dry ice is a fun special effect, but it can be very dangerous if eaten, don’t use where children could reach it.
  • Offer treats wrapped in their new packages.

Call Four Corners Health Department for more resources on Halloween safety and other health issues. To reach Four Corners Health Department, call 402-362-2621 or toll free at 877-337-3573, or visit the website at www.fourcorners.ne.gov.