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Keeping Halloween Safe

10/20/2010 

Kids in costumeHalloween can be a lot of fun however, it is very important to keep your children safe. Simple ideas can ensure safety and keep everyone out of trouble. Taking precautionary steps will make this holiday enjoyable and all worth the while.

 For those kids not in the hospital this Halloween, Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Outreach and Trauma Administration Services provide the following tips for safe but spooky fun:

  • The spookiest costumes have skinny human legs sticking out the bottom (keep costumes short to prevent tripping).
  • Don’t become a human torch, use flame retardant costumes and watch out for candles that are near-by.
  • Use face paint instead of masks (minimize obstruction of vision).
  • Wear light colored costumes trimmed with reflective tape (keeps the vampires from biting).
  • Walk, slither, and sneak on the sidewalk, not in the street.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street (watch out for low flying brooms).
  • Don’t hide or cross the street between parked cars.
  • Big ghouls should join the little ghoulettes during their haunts (adult supervision).
  • Only visit the haunted mansions with blazing porch lights.
  • Adult monsters should inspect candy before eating (two for Dad, one for you).
  • Keep small hard candy from young ghosts (choking hazard).
  • Throw away unwrapped candy.

Safety Tips for Teens:

  • Carry a flashlight (at least one per group).
  • Tell your parents where you are going and who you are going with.
  • Take a cell phone and check in with your parents every hour.
  • Make sure that you have enough gas to get to where you are going (avoid being stranded on a dark road like a horror movie).
  • Never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Vandalism is never cool! (You could face clean-up duty and harsh punishments).
  • If you are given a curfew, be home by then!