Halloween Safety Tips

Why didn’t the ghost make the baseball team?
Because he threw like a ghoul! 

If you’re still haunting this page after that frightful dad joke, you probably agree that “spooky season” is the most boo-tiful time of year. Read on for a few tips to creep your Halloween a safe one this year…if you dare!

Helpful Halloween Safety Tips

  • On Halloween night, children are twice as likely to be hit by a car than any other night of the year. The National Safety Council has several ideas to help avoid being part of this scary statistic. Among them: an adult should always accompany young children while trick-or-treating. If the older ones are going unsupervised, discuss a route and a clear end time with them. Make sure they’re carrying flashlights or glow sticks, and consider adding reflective material or stickers to costumes. 
Reflective Tape Improves Child Safety and Visibility
Reflective tape
  • Decorative contact lenses can take a costume to the next level, but they can also be very dangerous. According to the FDA, many decorative contact lenses can cause serious eye injuries, like a scratched cornea or even blindness. An optometrist or ophthalmologist can help you avoid this with an eye exam and prescription for costume lenses that fit your eye perfectly and make that spooky cat costume legendary!
  • If you have pets, keep them away from Halloween candy. Chocolate is a well-known toxin for dogs, and sugar substitutes in some candies, like xylitol, can be extremely harmful to many pets. 
  • Children with food allergies should always be instructed to wait until you’ve inspected their Halloween candy before eating any. If your child doesn’t have allergies, don’t be tricked about treats: the annual fear among parents that random strangers may put drugs, poison, or even razor blades in Halloween candy is an urban myth. The only horror you’re likely to face from Halloween candy is kids on a sugar high. 
  • Avoid turning the whole house into a jack-o-lantern by being smart with candles. Make sure candlelit pumpkins are on a stable surface away from curtains or any other flammable material. Don’t leave pets or small children unattended near lit pumpkins to avoid them getting knocked over. 
  • Speaking of pumpkins, keep Billy Corgan away from ‘em! Rumor has it he can be identified by his annual Halloween costume: a rat in a cage. 

With these tips, you should be well on your way to a scary good time this year. And once the holiday is past, check out our Fall Home Maintenance Tips as well. Happy Halloween!

Written by Jon Becker