Staying safe on All Hallows’ Eve

Categories: Education,Pure Michigan

halloween nightJack-o’-lanterns, haunted houses, endless amounts of candy—with Halloween upon us and a festive night of trick-or-treating in just a few days, it’s important to ensure you and the children in your life know how to stay safe this season.

For a fun and safe night, review this handy “Safe Halloween” acronym from the Centers for Disease Control before heading door-to-door on Friday.

Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

With a ghoulish night full of sweets and fun ahead of you, it’s also good to wear comfortable and supportive shoes to prevent blisters or sprains. Always check the weather and bundle up; October in Michigan can be quite chilly, so don’t forget Dracula’s mittens.

Be sure an adult or older child carries a charged cell phone in case of emergencies, too. If older children are trick-or-treating without a chaperone this year, encourage them to stay with a trusted a group in known neighborhoods the entire night.

Let’s work together to make sure this Halloween season ends on a spooktacular note; Michigan won’t need any more walking zombies this Friday night!