As Halloween quickly approaches, children and adults alike are getting their costumes ready and planning an evening of trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treats. While everybody is entitled to some good spooky fun, it’s important to remember safety when celebrating Halloween.

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An article from Safe Kids Worldwide got me started. After some research, I found some pretty important guidelines to keep in mind to ensure a night full of treats, and no tricks. How many of these do you practice?

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Select Safe Costumes

When buying or making your costume, choose materials that are bright and reflective, making it easier to be seen. Also, make sure the costume fits right to avoid trips and falls. Keep in mind that masks can obstruct vision, so consider using face paint or makeup instead.


 

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Practice Pedestrian Safety

When trick-or-treating after dark, carry a flashlight or glow sticks. Cross the street only at crosswalks or traffic signals. Look both ways before crossing, and make eye contact with drivers to make sure they see you. Stay on sidewalks whenever you can.


 

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Check Treats Before Eating

Before tearing into that candy, make sure you thoroughly check it first. Toss any candy that has a torn wrapper or looks tampered with. Homemade treats are great but make sure they come from trusted friends and family.


 

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Be Cautious of Decorations

Careful around decorations, especially those with open flames like candles or jack-o-lanterns. Make sure to wear flame-resistant costumes. Consider using battery-operated lights instead of candles.


 

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Use the Buddy System

Always trick-or-treat in groups or with a trusted adult. There's safety in numbers, plus it makes things more fun when friends or family tag along.

Halloween is a time for some scary good fun and lots of candy. However, it’s a must to remember safety. Following these simple tips can help make it a safe night. Happy Halloween!

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