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Tips for having a safe Halloween for families


Just because Halloween celebrates all things scary doesn’t mean you want any safety scares of your own this year. Use these tips from to make sure you and your family have a fun and safe holiday.

  • Pick visible costumes. When you’re costume shopping, encourage your kids to pick brightly colored costumes. That way it will be easier for cars to see them on dark roads. If they insist on wearing dark colors, stick some reflective tape on the costumes to help them be more noticeable. You can also put reflective tape on their candy bags and give your children flashlights to carry.
  • Use face paint instead of a mask with your children’s costumes. Face paint may work better than a mask when it comes to visibility. If you decide to paint designs on your kids’ faces, follow the directions on the face paint packaging closely. You may want to test the face paint a few days before Halloween to make sure it doesn’t irritate your children’s skin. And make sure to avoid their eyes when you apply it.
  • Don’t snack while trick-or-treating. Wait until you get home so that you have a chance to inspect your children’s candy. To prevent snacking, give your kids a small meal before they head out. When they get home, toss out any candy with opened or damaged wrappers and homemade treats, unless you know the giver personally.
  • Consider using a glow stick or battery-powered lights instead of candles in luminaries or in jack-o-lanterns, especially around little kids who could get burned or drapery that could catch fire. Make sure your kids Halloween costumes are flame resistant in case a cape or other part of the costume comes near an open flame.

You can find more tips for having a safe and fun Halloween on’s Halloween page.

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