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Halloween common sense safety tips

Updated on October 25, 2010

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Beware it may not all be fun!


Halloween used to be a fun time but it can be downright scary or even potentially dangerous. If however you want to avoid potential problems here are a few common sense safety tips for parents wishing to advise their children.

  • Children below teenage should always go Trick or Treating with a grown-up.
  • Older children (teens) should go in a group of friends preferably with responsible adult
  • No one should go trick or treating alone.
  • Don’t  accept invitations into homes or cars
  • Wear a mask with very large eye holes so that you can see properly or better yet use face paint instead of a mask.
  • Ensure that costumes fit well and do not have loose bits which could lead to tripping..
  • Do not go to homes where the lights are off If your kids  are pestered or are engaged in too long a conversation with adults or people they do not know, they should run away and go to another group of kids or a supermarket, store or well lit area.
  • Reflective  tape on the costumes ensure that drivers can see you easily on or alongside the road.
  • Always walk up one side of the road and, then cross the road safely at s stop light and “do” other side of the road in a reverse direction avoiding criss- crossing the road.
  • Always walk facing oncoming traffic traffic.
  • Have an agreed curfew and ensure that it is adhered to.
  • Ensure that the trick or treat group  have at least one cell phone with pre-determined speed dials in case of a problem.
  • Ensure that the trick or treaters have identity and contact numbers on their persons or pinned onto the costumes (for smaller children) in case of (God forbid) any untoward event occurs.
  • Carry a good torch with a new battery to see in the dark.
  • Avoid  apartment buildings. Unless there is a “trick or treat” area in a well lit foyer. Better apartment blocks do this to avoid kids wandering the hallways and different floors of multi-story apartments
  • Only allow  kids to go homes  in an agreed  neighbourhood  and to an agreed route
  • Make sure that fake weapons are made from breakable cardboard or other softer materials to avoid accidental injury in case the child falls.
  • Older kids should not carry toy guns. They could be taken for the real thing!
  • Beware of dogs!
  • Ensure that the kids do not eat treats until parents have checked them
  • Discard open are partly open packages and avoid bruised or marked fruit!
  • Finally don’t overeat on the treats – that means you and the kids!

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      Clive Fagan 6 years ago from South Africa

      Been very busy the past year, I really need to get my creative juices going again. At oresent I am just doing a bit of commenting here and there.

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      Julianna 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I am going trick or treating with our son as always. Great tips since Halloween is just around the corner, and where have you been?

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      Clive Fagan 7 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Rod

      Yes getting there slowly

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      Rodney Fagan 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Hi there Sixty,

      great to see that you are writing again, missed you chronicles and informative hubs.

      Just a point I might not have seen it on your hub here.

      Tell them not to accept a drink or cool-drink from any one!

      Great Hub

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      Clive Fagan 7 years ago from South Africa


      I 'll give that one some thought but watch this space!

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      marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

      Clive that is a brilliant idea, my husband is also going in for a bit of heart testing that involves some surgery, and I think I would identify with your Non Afflicted party view...very interesting, please do! =))

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      Clive Fagan 7 years ago from South Africa

      Hi RMR By X-raying the treats, you could be sure there are no skeletons in that Closet!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting as always much appreciated.


      Lovely to hear from you you always enhance other people's hubs by your interesting and informative comments.

      My wife has just had a major back op and is recovering (4 weeks so far) only time will tell.

      Maybe I should do a hub on the other side of major surgery. The non-afflicted party

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      marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Sixtyorso!! It's so good to see you here! I hope you and your wife are doing well. These are excellent tips...we all need to be reminded not to take our kid's safety, even teens for granted! Forgetting any of these could lead to unforgettable tragedy.

      I know we hate to take the fun out of "fun" but no fun is worth harm to the innocent kids. My husband worked many cases where if an adult had just said "no. not unless I go with you" or set some other supervised boundaries, kids would not have gotten into trouble.

      However, he knows oneriness first hand. When he was a young teen, one Halloween night, he and some other boys, relocated a nearby "outhouse" to main street. Hmmmmm that would guarantee an arrest today! But, it was hilarious back then....and no, no one was in it! LOL

      Great hub, Clive!!!!

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      rmr 7 years ago from Livonia, MI

      Hi sixty! Some great tips here. I've used most of these same rules with my own kids. I know some parents who don't just check their kids' treats, they actually have them x-rayed.

      Great to see you again, sixty!

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      Clive Fagan 7 years ago from South Africa


      Thanks for stopping by and commenting

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Good things to know. Thanks!

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Good things to know. Thanks!

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      Clive Fagan 7 years ago from South Africa


      Thank you for reading and commenting. Much appreciated

      Lady Guinevere

      I think a community party is an excellent idea. It takes away a lot of the potential risk for kids at Holloween.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      Much appreciated!

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      Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

      Hey, there you are! Feed hasn't been giving me all my hubber follower hubs.

      These are great tips. We have always had a community halloween party instead of going out trick or treating. This is I get to do the party planning and I have started a new trend for some of the things we will be doing this year. I thing neighborhoods should have one of these every year. It is safe and you know who your neighbors are and if you don't you get to meet them face to face and the kids have lots of fun things to do.

      Great hub!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello Sixty-you've added many useful tips here that will help remind us to keep our kids safe. :)