Halloween should always be a fun holiday filled with free candy, interesting costumes and amazing memories. However, Halloween can come with risks to safety, and parents should be aware of tips for keeping their trick-or-treaters safe.
There are numerous stories about razorblades and needles being hidden in Halloween candy, but these are simply urban legends. The greatest risks for trick-or-treaters include not being seen by vehicles, choking hazards and dangerous costumes. Fortunately, there are ways parents can mitigate these risks and prevent injuries to their children.
- Visibility is extremely important during Halloween. Not all neighborhoods are well-lit, and in some cases, trick-or-treaters can be difficult for motorists to spot. To compound this safety risk, many Halloween costumes are dark. Take for example Darth Vader, a popular costume worn by thousands every year. The Centers for Disease Control recommends fastening reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treating bags to improve visibility. Reflective tape will reflect light from approaching vehicles.
- Costumes are not always safe: they sometimes cause falls and burn injuries to children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends costumes be short enough to prevent tripping and made from non-flammable materials.
- Parents should always check trick-or-treating bags before their children dig in. Some trick-or-treating gifts might present choking hazards for small children.
Why Halloween Safety Tips Are Important
Most parents go trick-or-treating to keep an eye on their children. Parents can serve as an extra set of eyes for trick-or-treaters and can monitor candy they receive. It is important to have fun on Halloween, but it is more important to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters.
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