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7 Safety Tips For Halloween For Kids

Updated on October 25, 2014

Halloween is supposed to be a time of creativity, with choosing and manufacturing a costume, to extreme gluttony with eating all of the Halloween candy, but there is danger, and you should be prepared.

Safety Tip #1

The most likely way to get hurt or die during Halloween are accidents. Don't add to the problem by wearing or holding knives, swords, or anything else that is real, and could injure yourself or someone else. Make sure it's soft or made of foam.

Safety Tip #2

Believe it or not, colored contacts have been known to cause injury or blindness, especially cheap cosmetic contacts bought over the internet. While it would be best to forgo cosmetic contacts, but if you can't, contact your eye doctor who can either order them for you, or point you in the right direction.

Safety Tip #3

Do not leave your lit pumpkin alone in or directly outside your home, especially if you live in a rural home. It's fine if you, or someone else is at home (and your cat doesn't contact) at home, but if you leave, and cannot see the lit pumpkin, blow it out. Another good idea would be to use a candle battery light for your pumpkin, allowing you to be away from home.

Safety Tip #4

Only go to the homes where the resident's outside light is on. Turned off lights have traditionally been the sign that either no one is home, or that they do not want to be messed with, and they are out of candy. By having this outside light, you are able to visually see the person opening the door, and what they are placing in your child's bag.

Safety Tip #5

Don't let your child go out trick-or-treating alone, unless they are 14+. There are too many incidents of missing children, as well as child murders and sexual molestation. Halloween is the only night each year, a grown person is allowed to wear a mask out in public, or can wear one as strange children literally come knocking on your door in princess costumes asking for candy.

Safety Tip #6

Do not let your child out of your house with a toy weapon that looks like a gun. They are going to a stranger's home with something that looks like a loaded weapon, and this could be the cause of a justified homicide. Plus, a police officer might mistake it for a true weapon and shoot the child; it has happened before.

Don't walk along the road during trick-or-treating hours, especially at night, since this is going to be a big drinking night. Along with excessive drinking, many if whom are teenagers, kids are going to be wearing dark colors, many of which include a black mask, making them even more difficult to see.

Safety Tip #7

Don't go to homes where you don't know the adults living in the home, or you do not trust them. This is your child, and you are soley responsible for their safety, and you have a right to follow your gut if you think that there is something wrong with that resident, so you should just skip to the next home. They could be a child molester, and your spidey senses might be going off. Safer first!

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      Gilbert Arevalo 2 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Great tips and photos!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, Mr. M!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      These are definitely tips to follow on a night like Halloween.

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very useful advice. It's gracious of you to share such helpful tips.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks Miriam! Halloween can be great fun, but it has it dangers.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      That's a great point, Ms. Horon, I didn't even think about that.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, Ms. Eastman, you we're right! I changed if.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, Ms. Dora, I always appreciate your comments!

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very good advice at the appropriate time. Thank you.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 3 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Good job. Wondering if #4 should say light is "on " instead of off. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Rachel Horon 3 years ago from Indiana

      One thing to note is that some towns do not allow trick or tricking for those who are older than 12. It can suck the fun for some, but there are so many things to do for Halloween that they will have fun regardless.

      Great list of tips!

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      Miriam Parker 3 years ago from Ontario, CA. 91761

      Thank you for reminding all of us of the danger that lurks amongst us! Halloween has always been a day of mischief -- so let's keep the kids SAFE by taking your advice.

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