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Halloween Safety for Kids and Adults

Halloween safety is one of those topics that makes kids and parents, alike cringe. Kids don’t want to think about it, and parents can’t stop thinking about it. What is meant to be a wholesome night of zombies, ghosts, superheroes, and candy can be a source of danger. Between predators and strangers who put nasty stuff in candy, Halloween safety is something that cannot be over promoted.

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Halloween safety is an important topic for both kids and adults, because in this day and age every member of the family needs to be careful! In fact I hear so many Moms and Dads saying we won’t even take our kids out any more that it is shocking. Many do Malloween, Halloween indoors at the mall instead. If you are one of the families that still enjoys old fashioned Halloween then this is for you.

Halloween Safety for Kids

Let’s start off with safety tips for kids. After all, they’re the most vulnerable. Not only do they inherently trust, they are also physically smaller than adults and often easy targets.

No Solo Trick or Treating

Never ever let your kids go trick or treating on their own. I know this seems like a no brainer, but I have had kids show up at my home looking for candy without parents. It doesn’t happen off anymore, but I recall Halloweens in our old house where occasionally a child would show up with no parent that I could see. An adult still needs to be near by, even for tweens. That’s the safest way.

Check the Candy

Remember when razors in the candy was making national news several years ago? Halloween Safety 101 always features checking candy. NEVER eat candy that has the slightest appearance of being tampered with or unwrapped. Remind your kids of this one often.

Add Reflective Material

No matter the costume, it’s always a good idea to add reflective material to costumes. Even if you’re trick or treating in the late afternoon as may municipalities require, reflective material makes it easier for cars to see the kids in their costumes. And in rural areas where people still do old school night time trick or treating reflective material is an even more important part of Halloween safety.

Stick to One Side of the Road

And speaking of Halloween safety and cars, don’t criss cross the road. To begin with, every crossing adds to the chance that you or your child might get hit. Another thing is that children tend to get crazed on special holidays like Halloween so they’ll be even less likely to follow safety rules. Instead of criss crossing the streets, stick to one side and then come back down the other side. This one makes me nuts. Kids get so excited they start to forget the rules of the road. One of us still goes out to be sure nobody forgets and runs across the road unexpectedly.

Halloween Safety for Adults

This list still bears mentioning here. Every holiday and special event can bring out strange behaviour in people. Even adults have to watch themselves on Halloween.



Don’t Just Throw Open the Door

When your doorbell rings on Halloween, don’t just throw it open expecting kids. These days, you can’t be sure who’s on the other side of the door. Practice good Halloween safety, and check the peephole before opening the door. If you don’t have a peep hole, crack the door prior to opening to check for any shenanigans. Don’t leave your home unattended. Someone is liable to vandalize, even out of anger that nobody is home.

Keep Your Cool

Along the same lines of an explosion of crazy people is this Halloween safety tip. Keep your cool. Should you encounter a parent who is clearly looking for trouble – and they’re out there – whilst trick or treating keep your cool, and continue on. The last thing you want to be is a featured story on the evening news.

Watch the Flames

This one makes me nervous. Don’t leave pumpkins unattended. If you put a lit flame in something you need to keep an eye on it. If you have a dozen inflatable characters on your lawn pay attention to the electrical cords etcetera. Unplug at night and be cautious. Last thing you need is a fire to ruin your year.

Halloween Safety – Monsters not Mayhem

Halloween safety cannot be overstated. You need to be aware of your surroundings at all times and never let your kids out of your site. And always be safe with fire or electricity. These tips can help you protect yourself and your children this Hallows Eve while you mingle with ghosts, goblins, and ghouls.

Mom of two beautiful active girls, traveller, fitness junkie, social media consultant, and keeper of the sanity.

16 Comments

  • Christy Maurer

    These are really good safety tips. My kids are too old for trick or treating now, but I always loved going with them. There are so many kids that go in our neighborhood and they don’t follow the traffic rules very well!

  • michele dickerson

    Oh this is an important topic. Halloween safety is so important and a great reminder of all of us.

  • Shirgie Scf

    Wow, I didn’t think about this until I read your article. All I know is that, halloween is a day of fun and fun and fun but I realized that with all those costumes and trick or treats, accident may happen anytime. Thanks for the tips, this will come in handy.

  • R U S S

    This is a great list that you’ve put together. We often associate Halloween with fun that we sometimes overlook things to ensure that Halloween stays fun and at the same time SAFE – very important. Solo flight trick-or-treating-ing is a big no-no especially these days when there are shoot outs everywhere. Accidents happen so there should be a buddy system of some sort when doing trick-or-treat.

  • Nancy L.

    Great safety tips! I have seen children come to the door by themselves and it is not only sad, but very unsafe. I always hope that maybe the parents are a few houses down and out of my view.

  • Christy Garrett

    I don’t care for Halloween very much. I haven’t let my kids go door to door in a very long time. I typically take them to a trunk or treat where it is safe.

    There are some creepy people who do creepy things on Halloween. 🙁

  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    I will share these safety tips for kids to my sister. Her kids are so excited to go trick or treat this year. Thank you for including safety tips for adults too. These days, we can never be too sure of our surroundings.

  • Gabriel

    Last year was the first year our toddlers really got into Halloween (it’s my favorite holiday by far) This is all great to keep in mind as we get ready forthis year.

  • Christina Aliperti

    Halloween is so much fun but you have to take precautions. You can’t be too safe am I right?

  • Myteenguide

    Any of us haven’t tried going on a solo trip during Halloween. These are nice tips for safety, we don’t want to be reckless.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    Halloween safety is important for everyone to know. It is so important that there is an adult with the kids when they are out trick or treating. The also need to stay seen by maybe using flashlights or glow sticks. Thanks for sharing the tips.