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Halloween Safety-Setting the Scene

Updated on May 14, 2013

Halloween Safety: Setting the Scene

Every child learns at an early age that October brings Halloween and Halloween means Trick-or-Treating.  Next to Christmas, Halloween is probably the most popular ‘holiday’ to a child.  So, what does a parent have to do to keep the squeals of laughter from turning into howls of pain?  A few basic safety tips might make the difference between a night of anticipation and a visit to the chamber-of-horrors:  the emergency room.

Halloween Lighting for safety and fun

Halloween thrives on darkness so shedding light on the scene is a kill joy. However, little beggars need the reassurance that their treat isn’t going to turn into an unsuspecting trick. Make sure your child carries a flashlight or glow stick. Adults who offer goodies need to keep their porch lights on. Paths that are difficult to walk should have solar lights that will make travel a safer experience.

Halloween safety: be prepared

A picture perfect Halloween night: dry weather!
A picture perfect Halloween night: dry weather! | Source

Unsafe Halloween costume

Fully covering the face is not a safe choice for a Halloween costume
Fully covering the face is not a safe choice for a Halloween costume | Source

Safe Halloween costume selection

Choose a flame retardant costume. Whether store bought or homemade, choose a fabric or other material that will not ignite at the drop of a spark. If your child is constructing his own creation, adult supervision is important, especially when handling paints or other chemicals, as well as sharp tools.

Have your child try on the finished product checking for strings, ropes or wires that may trip or choke. This includes checking the costume’s hem length. Avoid costumes that are so long they can be stepped on, consequently knocking your child down.

Makeup may enhance a costume but, not every child’s skin can handle chemicals that are added to face makeup. Before the big day, use the makeup in an inconspicuous place to test for an allergic reaction. If a red mark or rash appears discontinue its use.

One final word about costume wear: masks. Masks that are bought are generic in size. Manufactures don’t care if your child is a giant for her age or a tiny tot. Their job is to sell as many as possible during the short season of masquerade. So, test the mask on the face allowing for ample eye space; inspect the elastic to see that it will last securely through the evening activities and make sure any headgear does not slip causing a distraction to your child.

Halloween decorations: what to consider to keep your home safe

For some adults, Halloween is an expression of their own childhood memories and ghoulish creations. When it comes to decorating, their houses are decked out like the Griswold’s home at Christmas. Bats hang; ghosts fly, and coffins blast warnings to passersby. Keep wires and strings safely secured so they do not trip the little goblins searching for goodies. Brush leaves from sidewalks and porches. Bicycles, toys and other obstacles should be removed from the front yard.

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Basic Halloween Safety Tips

Make sure your family pet is secured in an area that will not frighten the spooks coming to call. Likewise, by keeping Fido at home during the festivities, there’ll be no chance that your mutt will leave an unsightly package that might be stepped on. If you must walk your dog keep him on a secure leash.

Young children need adult accompaniment. If your older child is ready to ditch your escort make sure he follows one of the cardinal rules of trick-or-treat safety-going with a buddy. Not only is it safer, but it’s a heck of a lot more fun. Travelling in two’s is a safe habit no matter what activity is celebrated. Should anything happen to one, the other can fetch help.

Give your child or preteen a time limit. Ideally, it is best to do Halloween begging while it is still light out. But, once the sun has set it is not smart to stay out in the streets into the late evening. In general, the dark brings out the vampires so, anyone out scoping for treats at that time increases his chances to fall prey to attacks.

Be smart: keep a few essentials handy when you take the late autumn walk. A little preparation can quickly fix an unfortunate spill. Band-aids, for minor cuts or scrapes; extra treat bags for an overflow or break; and cell phones for all other emergencies are some items to consider.

Remind children to avoid eating open candy and as a safety precaution, to bring the bags of candy home for examination before consumption. Many police departments encourage a stop by to scan the loot for any metal or other unwanted items that have tainted the goodies. If you suspect a problem with any candy bring it to the authorities for further investigation.

Remember: home and neighborhood safety is imperative to ensure a fun Halloween.

Don’t let your treats turn into tricks. Be smart…stay safe!


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    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks ishwaryaa22-I is always the bottom line in having fun. This year is going to be a wet and cold one for many trick or treaters! Thanks for the greetings-same to you! haha. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      A helpful hub! It is important for kids to have an enjoyable Halloween, provided they follow the handy suggestions as rightly mentioned by you. Happy Halloween in advance!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & shared

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks midget for reading and sharing :)

      Nice chatting with you tonight, Linda--I love Halloween, but I'm usually working that night to let the younger moms have Halloween with their goblins. Have fun!

      Hi Mary-I remember trick or treating with my little ones and being nervous about neighbors dogs. Thanks for the vote up.

      Hi Nell-Thanks! :) It's amazing how many safety issues there are. Thanks for the vote up.

      Hi Stephanie-thanks for your feedback and vote up. :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Halloween can be so much fun for kids and adults if safety guidelines are practiced. You have some wonderful suggestions here for keeping everyone safe while enjoying the holiday. Voted up!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      What great ideas to keep the kids safe this halloween. Most of us get so caught up in the excitement with them that we or they can forget the most basic ideas for safety, wonderful hub denise! voted up! nell

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      Mary Hyatt 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub to stress the importance of safety on Halloween. I was glad you mention keeping your dog away from the little trickers. My little dog gets scared to death of the costumes and she will bark at all the little kids.

      I voted this UP, etc.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Two more weeks until I could scare the lil trick or treaters! Wishing you a spooktacular Halloween!

    • midget38 profile image

      Michelle Liew 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Important halloween safety to note for our kiddos. They get carried away when they play!! Thanks for sharing, Denise! I share too!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi jaydene. Thanks for your comment. I'm doing much better, thanks. I've been off of work and am returning this Monday.

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      8 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Halloween will soon be here, great article Denise, hope you are well :)

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi acaetnna-thanks for reading and commenting on this. How are you? Happy Autumn days to you. :)

    • acaetnna profile image


      8 years ago from Guildford

      Brilliant - great advice for Halloween. Really useful information - thank you.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Terry-thanks for your feedback. Halloween is just around the corner, isn't it?

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      Terrye Toombs 

      8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Very useful and important safety tips for Halloween, Denise! Thank you!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Jo-I appreciate your sharing. Hope you are doing well.

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      9 years ago

      Really great hub! I voted up, awesome and useful! I shared it on twitter too. Thanks for sharing these great tips and resources :))

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      LOL I bet you never used any of that 'fun' stuff again!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Yes, LOL! ugh!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      HI Stephanie-thanks for commenting. Wow! no fun for sure-big wax lips over big red lips, huh? LOL

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Great Halloween advice! It's especially important to make sure the kids can see well. Sometimes it's better to go with makeup than a mask that can slip and obstruct vision. I do agree wholeheartedly with your tip about testing makeup to make sure it doesn't cause a reaction. As a kid, I once had a bad after using those big red wax lips -- it wasn't fun!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh my! I'm so sorry the photo spooked you, LondonLady. I've never had anyone comment on it before--it is creepy isn't it! I don't think I'd want to meet that thing anytime soon-especially in the dark, LOL

      Thanks for reading and voting it up.

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      Lali Writes 

      9 years ago

      I must say, the picture is really creepy! But I enjoyed the hub, thank you :) Voted up

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Krissy--a little humor goes a lonnnngggg way, doesn't it. Not too graphic, yet the reader gets the idea. :)

      Thanks for the compliment.

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      Krissy Parker 

      10 years ago

      My favorite tip was about keeping the mutts tied up to help treaters avoid unsightly packages.

      Hilarious! Keep the posts coming!!! Awesome writing :)

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks RedElf :) I appreciate that.

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      10 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done, Denise! Rated up and shared!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      10 years ago from North Carolina

      @ Travel-nice to meet you. Thanks for reading and commenting. (Thanks for the fan mail :) ) My kids are grown so now I get to trick or treat with my grandkids. I still love Halloween!

      @DJ-Hi :) How are you? Thanks for voting it up, LOL and back at you regarding a SAFE & Happy Halloween.

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      10 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Thanks for sharing this really useful hub. Voted up! Happy Halloween! =)

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      Ireno Alcala 

      10 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I like your reminder: adult supervision, when kids are taking part in Halloween celebration. Thanks for this hub, Denise.


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