On Monday night, trick-or-treaters will converge on neighborhoods across our nation. It doesn’t take much for families to get distracted by all the festivities.  When that happens, many people forget about safety. Here are a few things to remember to keep your children safe when they’re out on the town Halloween night.

Pumpkin Carving Safety:

  • Never let your small children carve pumpkins. Allow your youngest children to draw faces on the pumpkin and then have an adult or older child carve it
  • Instead of using a candle, try using a flashlight or glow stick
  • Always place your candle lit pumpkins on a sturdy table away from curtains or other flammable objects, or left unattended outside

The costumes:Trick or Treaters at the door

  • To ensure that your child is visible to oncoming traffic, consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes, trick-or-treat bags and plan costumes that are bright and reflective
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long
  • Review with your children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.

Out trick-or treating:

  • Have your younger children travel in a group accompanied by an adult
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their adult escorts
  • If your older children intend to go out on their own, plan to review the route that you feel most comfortable with
  • Make sure kids are visible to cars. Have them walk with a flashlight or glow stick, or you can put some type of reflector on their costume
  • Only go to homes with a porch light one and never go into someone’s house or car for candy

For adults giving out candy, make sure your lights are on, and that your sidewalks and pathways to your house are clear of any obstacles like wet leaves, bikes or lawn decorations. If you don’t want any trick-or-treaters at your house, make sure to turn your lights off so there’s no confusion.

By Donovan B. Fox, SDFCU.org