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The magic of Halloween is in the air. From trick-or-treating to classroom parties and trips to neighborhood haunted houses, everyone is ready for the fun. But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns. To ensure a safe holiday follow these ghoulishly good best practices.

A drawing of a worried jack-o-lantern


  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children for the neighborhood rounds
  • If your older children are going with friends, plan and review a route that is familiar, well-lit and acceptable to you and agree on a specific time when children should return home
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
  • Children and parents should put electronic devices away and pay attention to their surroundings, especially when crossing the street


  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags to make sure they are visible
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing


National Safety Council

American Academy of Pediatrics

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