Halloween Safety Tips

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By Pamela Singleton, Sonitrol Pacific Director of Communications
Posted October 29, 2009

My uber-awesome friends at the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department put together this list of safety and security tips for Halloween night and I wanted to share them.

Halloween Pointers for Parents

Halloween may be a fun holiday for children, but for parents, trick-or-treat time can be a little tricky. Concerns about children’s safety–whether they are out in the neighborhood or back home with bags of treats–can darken the day. To make Halloween a treat for all, follow these safety tips:

Make Sure Your Kids Dress Up Safely
• Check that the costumes are flame-retardant so the little ones are not in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns and other fire hazards.
• Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
• Try make-up instead of masks. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and, more importantly, they can obstruct a child’s vision. (A dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.)
• Make sure children wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
• Trick-or-treaters always should be in groups so they are not a tempting target for real-life goblins. Parents should accompany young children.

Make Trick-Or-Treating Trouble-Free
• Make sure older children trick-or-trick with friends. Together, map out a safe route so parents know where they will be. Tell them to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
• Try to get your children to trick-or-treat while it’s still light out. If it is dark, make sure someone has a flashlight and pick well-lighted streets.
• Make sure children know they should not enter strange houses or stranger’s cars.

• Children should not eat treats until they get home. One way to keep trick-ortreaters from digging in while they are still out is to feed them a meal or a snack
• Check out all treats at home in a well-lighted place.
• What to eat? Only unopened candies and other treats from family or wellknown friends. By all means, remind children not to eat everything at once or they will be feeling pretty ghoulish for a while!