Halloween Safety Tips

As all of your little costumed princes and princesses get ready to go trick-or-treating this Halloween, keep in mind the following safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

S – Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

A – Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Children should walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see trick-or-treaters.

E – Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before letting anyone eat

them. Limit the amount of treats you let children  eat.


H – Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help your children see and others

see them. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.

A – Always test make-up on a small area of skin first. Remove it before bedtime to

prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

L – Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever


L – Lower the risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

O – Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing

traffic to stay safe.

W – Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and


E – Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

E – Enter homes only if you know the occupant.  Only visit well-lit houses.  Don’t stop

at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

N – Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.


From http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/