Halloween is a holiday that is looked forward to by many children as well as adults. Children enjoy the yearly ritual of putting on a costume and walking the neighborhood in search of small sweet treats. But just as much fun as Halloween can be, there are also hazards that must be recognized so that it can be a safe holiday.
For adults there are parties and events to go to and there are the dangers of alcohol and driving. Don’t be part of the statistics this year. If you are planning on attending a Halloween party or event where alcohol will be available, make not driving part of the plan. Get a designated driver or take an Uber. Adults should be responsible.
It’s a different story for children and keeping them safe is everyone’s responsibility. When children go trick-or-treating they should always be accompanied by adults.
There is a lot that can be done to make costumes safe. Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
Masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly so they don’t slide over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
There are also hazards with Halloween decorations that should be addressed. Never let small children carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers, then parents can do the cutting. Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest. If you do end up using candles to light your pumpkins, make sure to use a sturdy table and place them away from curtains and other flammable things.
Halloween is a fun filled holiday, just make sure it’s a safe one too.