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Halloween Safety Tips

Publication Number: M0915
Updated: February 23, 2017
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Halloween Safety Tips

  • Go only into familiar neighborhoods, and stop only at houses that are well lit.
  • Carry flashlights and use reflective tape on clothing and bags.
  • Walk, do not run, on sidewalks, not streets. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Slow down when approaching driveways to avoid exiting or entering cars, and do not run out between cars.
  • Discard commercially produced candy if the wrapper is loose or the seal has been broken.
  • Examine the outside of fruit for any suspicious cuts or holes. Wash and slice it into small pieces, checking for inedible objects.
  • If anything is suspicious about treats, report this to the police or other appropriate authorities.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

Alternatives to Candy Treats

  • Baseball cards or other sports cards
  • Coloring books, crayons, magic markers
  • Holiday pencils, pens, or erasers
  • Snack coupons to a local fast food or ice cream shop
  • Modeling clay
  • Yo-yos
  • Puzzles
  • Card games
  • Kites and planes

Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating

  • Neighborhood party (provide games and activities, such as apple-bobbing or movies)
  • Haunted house party or parade
  • Storytelling (can take place anywhere and is perfect entertainment for children and adults)
  • Harvest fairs and festivals
  • Hayrides

Reminders for Children's Parties

  • Choose foods that children will enjoy.
  • Furniture, food, and decorations should be child-sized.
  • Have plenty of supervision. One adult can handle about 10 children; use two adults if the children are in a setting outside the home.
  • Remember that something that is scary and fun for adults might not be fun for children.

 

 


M0915 (2M-09-16)

By Louise E. Davis, PhD, Extension Professor, Human Sciences.

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