While Halloween haunted houses, ghouls, and goblins should be scary, Halloween and its festivities should also be safe. Each year sees the highest number of pedestrian fatalities and auto related injuries on Halloween. Non-auto related injuries such as those caused by falling also increase on Halloween as well as incidents of vandalism.
If you are going to be out on Halloween, be sure to observe these important safety practices.
Tips for Trick or Treaters
Parents should be happy to know that there has never been a documented incident of a child ingesting tainted Halloween candy. It should also comfort parents to know that the incidence of abductions does not increase on Halloween. However, product tampering can and does occur any time of year and abductions can and do happen on any day of the year. It is still important to take precautions to keep kids safe on Halloween.
- Choose to attend alternate celebrations that keep kids in one place and among trusted friends, such as a trunk-or-treat event.
- Accompany children 12 or younger
- Stay in groups at all times
- Choose well-fitting costumes that do not obscure the vision
- Choose light colored costumes or add reflective tape to the front and back of costume
- Carry flashlights
- Observe pedestrian safety
- Go to only well-lit houses
- Stay in familiar neighborhoods
- Children and adults should carry a phone
- Inspect all candy to make sure it is unopened and safe for your child
Home Safety and Security on Halloween
Remember that others will be walking on your property at night, so you will want to make it as safe as possible. It is also important to consider your pets, and keeping your home secure at all times. Here are some tips to help keep your friends safe and your home secure.
- Make sure the walkway is free of cracks that could trip trick-or-treaters
- Ensure the walkway leading to your home is free of obstructions, such as hoses, newspapers, garden tools, toys, rocks, or Halloween decorations
- Light the pathway as well as your doorway to your home
- Keep pets restrained in a room away from the front door
- Keep black cats indoors to avoid those that may cause harm or mischief
- Report any suspicious activity
- Make sure valuables are not visible from the doorway
- Be sure not to overload electrical sockets with automated Halloween decorations and use only safe extension cords
- If you leave the home for the evening, turn on your home security alarm system