Ghost, ghouls and monsters aren’t the only things to be afraid of on Halloween. Accidents and mishaps increase dramatically when children trick-or-treat.
The Safety Council of Northwest Ohio offers these tips to help avoid the many dangers children face while trick-or-treating:
Halloween Costume Safety
• Wear flame retardant costumes.
• Hem costumes to avoid trips and falls.
• Apply reflective tape to Halloween costumes for better visibility.
• Avoid cumbersome masks. Use hypoallergenic/non-toxic make-up instead.
• Wear comfortable, practical shoes.
• Keep costume and wig away from candles.
• Don’t carry fake swords, guns, knives or similar accessories that look authentic. Make sure they’re flexible and cannot harm anyone.
• Plan your route ahead of time. Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
• Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.
• Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
• Stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Cross only at intersections and designated crosswalks.
• Walk. No running.
• Watch out for open flames in jack-o-lanterns.
• Walk with your head up and be aware of your surroundings.
• Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Don’t enter any houses.
• Carry a spare Halloween bag, in case of breaks and overflow.
• Don’t approach unfamiliar pets and animals.
• Don’t cut across yards and stay out of backyards.
• Review the “stop, drop and roll” procedure in case your costume catches on fire.
• Never accept rides from strangers.
• Don’t eat any candy until it’s inspected for tampering under bright lights.
• Small children should not be allowed hard candy they may choke on.
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to an adult or the police.
• Consider having a party instead of Trick or Treating.
• Motorists on the roads need to be alert of children walking the streets. Be especially watchful of children darting in and out from behind parked cars, as well as entering and exiting driveways.