Halloween Custome Safety Tips


Halloween can be a great time of fun for kids and adults alike. In order to make sure it doesn’t turn into a  “not-so-fun” trip to the emergency room, here are a few things to keep in mind when dressing the kids up:

1. Make sure that they can be seen. I don’t care if your child wants to dress up like Dracula, make sure that it’s a reflective Dracula. Trick or treating takes place at dusk or in the dark in a lot of areas of the US, Cars are out, driving around and if they can clearly see your child the odds of an accident just jumped greatly. Think reflective stripes, lighted shoes, anything that will increase their visibility.

2. Speaking of shoes… opt out of the shoes that most often come with the costume. Don’t allow your cinderella to walk the neighborhood in “glass slippers” all night. Instead, have her carry the shoe and wear good quality shoes with traction. Slips, trips and falls occur all too often.

3. Pay close attention to the costume they’re wearing. Making sure that there is nothing that can cause strangulation (e.g. capes are especially dangerous!). Pass on costumes with plastic or non-breathable materials that could suffocate. Pay close attention to accessories as well. Your little guy may want to go around as a warrior but that sword he’s carrying can be dangerous both to him as well as to other children.

4. Masks can obstruct views as well as make it difficult for children to breathe. Let you child know that when he or she is walking they need to remove the mask to be able to see clearly where they are going. They can always slip it back on right before they ring the doorbell but you don’t want them walking around half blind for the night.

5. Make sure that the costume is made of flame resistant materials. There are a lot of open flames on Halloween night (pumpkins lighted with tea lights, for example) and many materials can easily catch fire.

6. While we’re on the  topic of costumes, make sure that the costume you child is wearing fits properly. Loose fitting costumes can get caught on branches and other obstacles and cause your child to fall or worse strangle.

7. Make sure that children have flashlights with fresh batteries in them.

8. Always go trick or treating with your children. You can stay in the background if they’re of the age that they don’t want you right there with them but make sure you can see them at all times. If they think that they are old enough to go trick or treating alone, without an adult, let them know that when they are old enough to go alone, they are too old to go trick or treating. If they grow up with that rules and understanding it won’t be an issue as they get older.

Halloweeen Safety Tips

Most of us love Halloween, especially the little ones, with all the candy that they get while trick or treating. In order to make sure that it remains a good memory long into their adult life, follow a few safety tips to ensure that Halloween remains safe.

  • As much as your little boy wants to be the dark knight this Halloween, you need to make sure that unlike Batman who is dressed the way he is in order to blend into the night, make sure that your little batman is highly visible. Use bright clothing, reflective stripes, safety vests and flashlights to make sure that cars see them.
  • Consider adding reflective stripes to their trick or treat bags as well to add more visibility.
  • Make sure that your child’s peripheral vision isn’t hindered by the mask or costume he or she is wearing. It’s important that he or she be seen but it’s equally important they he or she be able to see.
  • Use LED lights or light sticks instead of candles. You don’t want to be responsible for igniting one of the children who shows up at your door because their loose clothing is blown into the candle flame.
  • Respectively, make sure that you child’s costume is flame retardant in order to protect them from the flames of all those neighbors who have failed to use LED lights and light-sticks for their homes.
  • Make sure that the costume that your child is wearing doesn’t trip him or her up. Adjust the length so that they won’t step on it and fall in the middle of crossing the street.
  • Give each child a flashlight to carry. It will enable them to see where they are going and make them more visible to traffic.
  • Finally, make sure that children a accompanied as they trick or treat. Let them know that if they are too old to be chaperoned, they are probably too old to trick or treat (there nothing worse than opening the door to a teenagers trying to act like he’s young enough to trick or treat).

Have a fun and safe Halloween!



Halloween Safety 2011

Halloween – Monday, October 31st is just around the corner. Combine dressing up in costumes with free candy and you create a kid friendly holiday!  It
is a favorite holiday of many, but they’re thinking about costumes, candy and fun with their friends. Safety is the last thing on their minds, so parents and motorists need to be especially alert. Anytime a child or an adult has an accident, it’s tragic.  The last thing that you want to happen is for your child, friend, loved one or co-worker to be hurt on a holiday, it would forever live in the minds of the child and the family.


There are many ways to keep your child safe at Halloween; they are more prone to accidents and injuries.  The excitement of children and adults at this time of year sometimes makes them forget to be careful.  Simple common sense can do a lot to stop any tragedies from happening.

Following a few simple safety steps at Halloween time can greatly reduce the likelihood of an accident or unfortunate incident.  Here are some safety tips recognized by the National Safety Council:

  • Trick-or-treat only in your own neighborhood, on well-lighted streets.
  • Have your parent, adult relative or older brother or sister go with you.
  • Throw away any candy or food that is not wrapped by the candy company.
  • If there are any suspicious treats, notify the local Police or Sheriff’s office.
  • Try trick-or-treating at locally organized functions, such as those provided by the local
    fall harvest festivals.


Motorists should be especially alert on Halloween:

  • 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.
  • Drive slowly in any residential area that may have children.
  • Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway, they could be dropping off children. This is more common in rural areas but can happen anywhere


Before children start out on their “trick or treat” rounds, parents should:

  • Make sure an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names and contact information of older children’s companions. Make sure they have a cell phone to call in an emergency.
  • Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
  • Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to 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.
  • Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.
  • Instruct your child to never get into the car of a stranger. It might be easy for your child to mistake someone else’s car your car with the excitement of Halloween. Put a lighted plastic Jack-O-Lantern on your dashboard to make your car more recognizable to your child
  • It’s also a night that child predators are looking for victims. Let your child know that they should never get into the car of a stranger at any time. If someone stops them and asks for help or offers them candy, tell them to scream as loud as they can and run.

Children should understand and follow these rules:

  • Do not enter a home or apartment without adult supervision. Teach them about “Stranger Danger”.
  • Walk, do not run, from house to house.
  • Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.
  • Do not enter dark yards or fenced areas as there may be dogs or other household hazards.

    Costume Design:

Parents should consider the following costume safety information:

  • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
  • Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath.
  • Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard (falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries at Halloween).
  • If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of retro reflective tape should be used to make children visible.

Face Design:

  • Masks can obstruct a child’s vision. Face make-up is a safer option instead.
  • When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled “Made with U.S., “Approved color Additives,” “Laboratory Tested,” “Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics,” or “Non-Toxic.” Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application.
  • If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes to allow the individual to see and breathe.

Decorative Contact Lenses: You can have all of these looks with decorative contact lenses (also called fashion contact lenses or color contact lenses, among other names). These lenses don’t correct vision—they just change the appearance of the eye.

But before buying decorative lenses, here’s what you should know:

  • They are not cosmetics or over-the-counter merchandise. They are medical devices regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Places that advertise them as cosmetics or sell them without a prescription are breaking the law.
  • They are not “one size fits all.” An eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) must measure each eye to properly fit the lenses and evaluate how your eye responds to contact lens wear. A poor fit can cause serious eye damage, including
    • scratches on the cornea (the top layer of your eyeball)
    • corneal infection (an ulcer on the cornea)
    • conjunctivitis (pink eye)
    • decreased vision
    • blindness
  • Places that sell decorative lenses without a prescription may give you few or no instructions on how to clean and care for your lenses.
  • See your eye doctor right away if you have signs of possible eye infection:
    • redness
    • eye pain that doesn’t go away after a short time
    • decrease in vision


  • Knives, swords and other costume accessories should be made from 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 or glow sticks will help children see better and be seen more clearly.


To ensure a safe trick-or-treat outing, parents are urged to:

  • Give children an early meal before going out.
  • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
  • Wash all fruit and slice into small pieces.
  • When in doubt, throw it out!

 Haunted House or Halloween Parties:


  • If using dry ice in a punch bowl, make sure that the person serving keeps any dry ice chips out of drinks! It can cause severe injury and internal burns if ingested.
  • No Smoking or open flames of any kind near decorations or where people may travel!
  • Be aware of all your slips, trips and fall hazards, watch out for all those nails and screws in your props.
  • Post your emergency exits with well lighted signs. You never know when there will be an emergency!
  • Halloween has become an adult holiday too, and alcohol consumption is high. Institute a free ride home program to help remove all impaired drivers.
  • Be aware of the DRUNKIN GUMMY BEARS and WORMS this year, do not accept them unless in a sealed package!!


The new craze this year, Vodka soaked Gummy bears and worms. These are not your ordinary kids Gummy Bears and should stay out of reach of small children.



Other Halloween ideas:

  • Kids always want to help with the pumpkin carving.  Small children shouldn’t be allowed to use a sharp knife to cut the top or the face.  There are many kits available that come with tiny saws that work better then knives and are safer, although you can be cut by them as well.  It’s best to let the kids clean out the pumpkin and draw a face on it, then have an adult carve the pumpkin.
  • Use candles with care. Place candlelit pumpkins on a sturdy surface away from curtains and other flammable objects. Never leave candlelit pumpkins unattended. Better yet, light pumpkins with flashlights or battery-operated flameless candles instead.

Let us all make Halloween a fun, safe and happy time for you, your kids and the whole family! 

Information provided by the FDA and National Safety Council.


Today’s blog post comes to us courtesy of Ken Oswald

Safety and Security Manager for Plateau