If wild sugar rushes are your only truly terrifying moments this Halloween, you’re in good shape. Ghost and goblins may be scary, but unexpected trips to the ER are far more frightening. A Pediatrics study found a few years ago that most Halloween-related injuries occurred for kids ages 10-14 and kids 5 and under. However, plenty of adults experience major injuries each October, too. The most common Halloween injuries are traffic collisions, eye injuries, and burn injuries (Tweet This Fact). To keep Halloween fun and delightfully memorable, practice and share these safety guidelines.
Let’s start with the basics. Whether scurrying for candy or visiting friends to party, costumes for vampires and witches of all ages should be easy to walk in and highly visible to motorists.
- Avoid any costume with long, loose fabrics that are easy to trip on.
- Add retro-reflective tape to children’s costumes.
- Avoid covering eyes. It’s hard to see with a full mask on. Instead, use non-toxic face paint for the eyes and forehead.
- Nothing sharp! All props should be blunt, flexible, and preferably soft.
Teach your kids about Halloween Safety
After ensuring the kids have safe costumes, parents should plan and discuss the approved trick-or-treating route with their kids, especially if they won’t be walking with them. All children under age 12 should be supervised. Teach your Trick-o-Treater…
- To never go to a house alone, no matter how old they are.
- To wait until they get home to eat any treats.
- To look both ways before crossing the street and only cross the streets at the corner.
- To only visit homes that are well-lit.
- To be back home by a specific time.
If Trick-or-Treating after dark, children should carry a flashlight. Remember to tell kids not to shine the flashlight in the eyes of pedestrians or drivers. To free up a hand, the flashlight can be placed in a semi-transparent treat bag. (Super Tip: be sure to pack extra batteries.)
Adults are big part of Halloween safety, too. Be extra cautious while driving and review these safety driving tips.
- Slow down. Children may run into the street suddenly.
- Obey all traffic stops and signals.
- Your headlights should be on—even in the daylight—to make yourself more visible.
- Carefully enter and exit driveways.
- If you’re wearing a costume, make sure you can safely drive in it!
Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips
Pumpkin carving can be lots of fun, but it’s naturally a potential source of injury.
- Children 14 and younger should not do the actual carving. Instead, let them use a marker to draw the pattern. The kids can also scoop the pulp and seeds.
- An adult should do the cutting and supervise older teens, too.
- Pumpkin-carving kits tend to be safer because the specialty tools are effective without being too sharp.
- There are also many ways to decorate a pumpkin without cutting it (Hello, Pinterest).
Once you’re ready for this Halloween, how about reviewing a bit of Halloween history? These 10 factoids make for fun Halloween trivia. If you have any Halloween safety tips of your own, share them in the comments below.