Halloween Safety Tips

Story by – YKHC Injury Control & EMS

October 28, 2013 - 3 minutes read
  • Children should always go out trick or treating with a responsible adult.
  • As bad as it sounds, this is just a fact of life now. Get on the internet and check your local state website for sex offenders. Almost every state has one, just do a search for your state sex offender site. Look up your zip code and it should have a list of registered offenders in your area that includes street addresses. Make sure that your kids stay away from these houses!
  • Be Visible — use reflective tape or glow sticks when trick-or-treating in the dark! Make sure to work into your child’s costume reflector strips, a flashlight or light stick to make them more visible at night.
  • If your child is wearing a mask or a gown, be sure the eye holes are big enough to see as well to avoid tripping or falling!
  • Instruct your children not to eat any candy or treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!
  • Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
  • Explain why this is not a good idea and what to do if someone approaches and tries to talk to them. Let kids know that they should stay together as a group if going out to trick-or-treat without an adult.
  • Give your kids a curfew. It builds trust between you and them and ensures they can be responsible and safe. Kids–if you are going to be late, call or text your parents ahead of time so they don’t worry about you.
  • Vandalism is never cool! Throwing eggs at cars and houses is not cool. Someone has to clean it up and it could be you, if you get caught! You can also be arrested and punished as a juvenile. Think about how you would feel if someone did that to your house and how bad it would make you feel.
  • Hurting animals is never acceptable behavior! Some people use Halloween as an excuse to hurt cats and dogs and that is just wrong! Not only is it illegal in most places to hurt or torture animals but also punishable by law. You should never hurt a helpless living thing!
  • Use fire safety practices at home, especially if you are using candles to decorate your house or place in your jack-o-lantern. Always make sure you have a fire extinguisher available and avoid placing candles near flammable materials such as curtains.
  • Have fun on Halloween but keep it safe, have some good, clean fun and your parents will trust you for many Halloweens to come!