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Halloween will be here before we know it. While fun and exciting, it can also be dangerous. Next to New Year’s, it is the second deadliest holiday for pedestrians. From costumes to driving, here are some important safety tips to keep in mind this Halloween.


Costume safety

  • Use face paint instead of masks.
  • Dress children appropriately for the weather.
  • Add reflective tape to costumes.

Trick or treating

  • An adult should accompany young trick-or-treaters.
  • Do not approach unlit homes.
  • Provide kids with small flashlights.
  • Stay on sidewalks.
  • Use crosswalks and do not cross between parked cars.
  • Inspect all Halloween treats before children eat them.
  • Discard any food that isn’t in its original and undamaged wrapper.


  • Drive slowly and watch for pedestrians.
  • Be ready for children to dart out and cross streets at any point.

Fire hazards

  • Avoid decorating with candles.
  • Keep party decorations away from heat sources.
  • Use flame-retardant costumes.
  • Keep exits clear.


  • AARP
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.

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