Keep your little pumpkins safe this Halloween. Children and adults can have a spooktacular night of fun with these tips.
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Be spooky and safe
- Stay home if you’re sick. Skip the Halloween party and trick-or-treating if you aren’t feeling well.
- Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
- Take precautions in crowded or indoor events as informed by your county’s COVID-19 Community Level, like wearing a high-quality mask (and Halloween masks don’t count). Consider making the mask part of the costume—like a doctor, nurse, ninja or cowboy.
- If you’re hosting celebrations, review options for improving ventilation in your home. This can help you reduce virus particles in your home and keep COVID-19 from spreading.
- Keep your hands clean. If you’re out trick-or-treating, bring hand sanitizer. If you’re giving out candy, wash your hands frequently.
- Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have a close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system should take additional precautions.
- Children under age 12 should always be accompanied by an adult.
- Walk from house to house; do not run.
- Be alert for Halloween decorations in walking paths or on steps.
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible.
- If there’s no sidewalk, walk against the traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Use crosswalks when available.
- Cross at street corners, not in the middle of the street.
- Put away cell phones and remove earbuds while walking.
- Teach children not to dart out between parked cars.
- Be especially alert at driveways when cars may be pulling out.
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- Wear light-colored clothing and costumes.
- Add reflective tape to your children’s costumes and bags — and add some to your own outfit.
- Walk in well-lit areas.
- Take a flashlight or glow stick.
Wear safe costumes
- Masks may obstruct a child’s vision. Instead, try non-toxic face paint and makeup. Try the make-up in a small area of skin to check for sensitivity before applying to the entire face.
- Be sure costumes are flame-resistant and fit properly to avoid tripping hazards.
- Have children wear well-fitted, sturdy shoes. High heels are not a safe choice for a Halloween costume.
- Tie hats and scarfs securely to prevent them from slipping over children’s eyes.
- Avoid walking near lit candles or luminaries.
- Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be soft and made of flexible material.
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Remind older children
- Walk with a buddy or group.
- Use a familiar, well-lit route.
- Go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on.
- Do not enter any homes while trick-or-treating.
- Put away electronic devices away to avoid distractions.
It’s a sad fact but children are twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Keep these safe driving tips in mind:
- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Remember that using a Bluetooth or other hands-free device is also distracted driving.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
Check your treats
- Remind children to wait until their treats are checked before eating them.
- Inspect the candy and throw away any candy that is not in an original wrapper.
- Candy should be discarded if the wrapper is faded or torn, or if the candy is unwrapped.
Have a spooktacular and safe Halloween!