One night a year, goblins, witches and vampires may be seen traveling from house to house in a quest for candy. Halloween is a time for fun for all ages. However, parents, children and community members must remember safety on this day filled with fantasy.
Be sure your child’s costume is big enough to be worn over warm clothes but isn’t so long he could trip.
Bright, colorful costumes that can be seen easily by drivers are best. Choose costume accessories and props that are flame resistant.
Shoes should be comfortable and safe for walking.
Stick with make-up or face paint for finishing touches to a costume—wigs and masks could block your child’s vision.
Always trick-or-treat with your child and visit homes that you know well.
Use sidewalks and only cross streets at crosswalks or well lighted intersections. Pedestrian safety is one of the most important concerns on Halloween.
Try to finish trick-or-treating before dark. Make sure to have a flashlight handy.
Check all candy before letting your child eat it. Throw away candy that is not properly wrapped.
Call the police if you suspect tampering - tasting is not a safe way to test.
Fruit should be undamaged, washed and cut before eating.
Children should only eat homemade treats if you know and trust the person who made them.
Some items, such as gum, nuts, hard candies, seeds or toys with small parts, can be choking hazards. Keep these away from young children.
Call the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (1-800-222-1222) if your child swallows something that could be harmful. They are available 24-hours a day.
Consider hosting a Halloween party instead of sending kids trick-or-treating.
Paint your pumpkins. Carving knives are dangerous. Also, the candles used inside carved pumpkins are fire hazards.
If you do light a jack-o’-lantern this year, keep it away from your front door or porch so little costumes don’t catch fire.
Never leave a lit pumpkin unattended.
Leave both indoor and outdoor lights on if you want visits from trick-or-treaters.
Clear the walkway to your door of decorations, hoses, toys, wet leaves or other items that could cause a child to slip or trip.