Halloween Safety Tips

Shopping for a Halloween costume for your child? Here are some tips to make sure they have fun, look great and stay safe!

  • Children should wear safe shoes to prevent tripping
  • Costumes and clothing should be light in color or have reflective strips to make the little goblin visible! For costumes that have to be dark, accessorize with a white pillowcase your child can use to stash his loot and help him stand out in the dark
  • Costumes should also be sized correctly and short enough so children can safely walk up and down curbs and steps.
  • Be sure the children can hear and see well through masks. Consider hypoallergenic, non-toxic face paint instead!  
  • Choose fire-retardant costumes. Look for a label that indicates flame-resistance on any costumes, wigs, and headpieces you purchase. If you're making the costume yourself, examine the fabric content and talk the salesperson to help you choose the least flammable material. 
  • Remember, send your ghosts off with a flashlight or glow stick if out after dark.  
  • Choose accessories that are smooth and flexible. Look for swords, knives, and other accessories that don't look too realistic or have sharp ends or points.
  • Ensure the little pumpkins have emergency information (name, number, and address)  somewhere on their clothes or on a bracelet if you're not going to be with your trick or treaters.

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*          Make sure children are accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager when they go door-to-door.  If they do not have an adult or older brother or sister to go with, use the “Buddy” system and travel with a group of children.  Parents should know the route their children are taking, and children should never trick-or-treat alone!  Set limits on when children should return home.

*          Kids always want to eat candy, so we suggest giving them candy from home prior to leaving the house so the temptation is not as strong.  Instruct children not to eat (or nibble on) anything they’ve collected until they are home and the treats have been examined.  Cut and wash fruit before eating.  Throw away anything unwrapped.  (If you are providing loose or handmade goodies, why not add your name to the package so that parents will know where it came from?)

*          Encourage your children to Trick-or-Treat in your own neighborhood and pick streets that are well-lighted.  Walk on the sidewalks and only cross at corners, not between parked cars.  Never enter a stranger’s house or get in their car.

*          Leave your porch light on so children will know it’s ok to visit your home.  Keep children safe by removing bikes and other obstructions from your walkway.

*          Finally, tricks and jokes can be amusing, but vandalism is not.  Vandalism is a crime punishable by law.  Inform children of the need to respect others and their property!

Resource: The National Crime Prevention Council, the American Crime Prevention Institute and Scholastic.com.   If you would like further information on Child Safety, please call Tuckie Shaver with the Boise Police Crime Prevention Unit at 570-6073.