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Halloween Safety for Kids - Rules for Halloween Safety

Updated on July 6, 2011

Halloween Guide to Halloween Safety for Kids

All parents want their kids to have fun on Halloween. However, they also wish to keep their kids safe. Trick-or-treating safety is important. The very nature of Halloween and its customs can create several Halloween safety hazards for children. Read this Halloween guide about safety and teach your children Halloween safety rules to help prevent Halloween accidents and mishaps.

Halloween Safety for Kids - Talk About Strangers

The most important safety rule to teach your children during Halloween is about strangers. It is important to stress to your children that the rules for talking to strangers do not change during Halloween night. Explain to them that 'trick or treat', a simple 'thank you', and maybe a very short conversation about their Halloween costume is as far as any conversation should go while trick-or-treating. Make sure that they know that they should never enter a stranger's home.

Halloween Safety - Glow Necklaces and Bracelets

Halloween Safety - Choose Safe Halloween Costumes

The choice of a child's Halloween costume is also important for safety reasons. Choose flame retardant fabrics. Try to avoid costumes that are loose and flowing if at all possible. These types of costumes can cause accidents. They can snag and get caught on objects, causing a child to trip or fall. Bulky Halloween masks can also cause difficulties when walking, as they limit a person's line of vision.

The color of a Halloween costume can make a difference in safety, too. Bright or light colored Halloween costumes are easier to see in the dark by drivers. If your child's Halloween costume is a dark color, either apply reflective tape, give your child glow necklaces or bracelets to wear, or provide a working flashlight for them to carry.

Halloween costume accessories, such as crowns and weapons can also be safety concerns. Be sure that there aren't any small, loose parts that can cause choking. Also look for any sharp edges that could cause harm.

Halloween Trick or Treating Safety Rules for Children

If you plan to let your children go trick-or-treating by themselves, be sure to explain the rules to them.  Require that they go in a group, and that they don't go off by themselves.  Also explain to them any forbidden places and when you expect them to be home.  If you wish, only allow your children to visit houses of people you know and trust. Instruct your children to delay eating any Halloween treats until after they get home.

Trick or Treat Halloween Candy Safety Tips

Once trick-or-treating is over, inspect each piece of candy closely.  Throw away any candy that is loosely wrapped, unwrapped, or ripped.  Also throw away any homemade candy or treat unless it is from someone you trust.  Apples and other fruit should also be thrown away.

Safe Trick-or-Treating Halloween Alternatives

If your child is too timid for Halloween or scares easily, check your newspaper for local Halloween events geared especially toward families with small children.  There are often many fun, safe alternatives to trick-or-treating for young kids during Halloween.

Following these Halloween safety rules and guidelines should help keep your trick-or-treaters safe and give you more peace of mind on All Hallow's Eve.

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    • Rpenafiel profile image

      Rpenafiel 6 years ago from United States

      This is a very substantial hub. Accident can happen even in fun times so it is really a must for parents to secure the safety of their children, especially when trick-or-treating. I also wrote a hub about this matter to provide the parents and guardians a reminder about the essence of observing Halloween safety tips for children.

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      great timing and never is this said too much. Thanks

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      It was a very dood idea to raise this subject. Especially these days.