Trick or Treat: Keeping Your Kids Safe on Halloween

Dressing up in costumes to go trick-or-treating is something many kids look forward to all year long. For parents, however, safety is a big concern. On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year. To keep your kids safe on Halloween, make sure to focus on three things — a safe costume, a safe walk through the neighborhood and safe candy consumption. Here are some tips to help protect your kids during this spooky holiday.

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Costume safety

  • Costume accessories such as knives and swords should be soft, short and flexible.
  • Test makeup on a small area of skin before applying to ensure there is no skin irritation.
  • Costumes that fit correctly help prevent slips and trips.
  • Masks should fit properly so children can easily see.

Walking safety

  • Always walk on sidewalks, if available. If there are no sidewalks, walk the opposite direction of traffic and stay as far left as possible.
  • Use reflective material on costumes and bags so drivers can see you.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
  • Carry glow sticks or flashlights so others can see you and you can see them.
  • Children under the age of 12 should always have adult supervision when trick-or-treating.

Halloween candy safety

  • Only let your child eat factory-wrapped treats — never let them eat homemade treats from strangers.
  • Make sure you inspect candy or treats before your kids eat them.
  • Many communities offer places that will check your child’s candy or trade it for candy you know is safe.

Remember to keep safety in mind when planning a costume, going trick-or-treating with your kids and checking their candy before giving it to them. Happy Halloween!

Denver Health Medical Plan Staff Writer