Safety Tips for Halloween

Posted by Rainbow Pediatrics on Oct 18, 2018 8:53:00 AM

Halloween is almost here. Most children enjoy dressing up and trick or treating, but keeping them safe and healthy during and after is not always easy. Here are a few tips to help keep Trick or Treating fun. This is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). halloween children


  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with any flames.
  • Add reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Avoid using masks as they can limit or block your child’s eyesight. Instead, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
  • Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child's costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as "one size fits all," or "no need to see an eye specialist," obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
  • Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.
  • Carry a flashlight and extra batteries are a must if trick or treating after dark. Many streets are not well lit and broken or uneven sidewalks can lead to injury. Light the way with a good flashlight.
  • Accompany your children Join in the fun and go with your kids when they head outdoors. Make sure your older children trick-or-treat in groups and insist on adult supervision.


  • Small children should never carve pumpkins. Let your children draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
  • Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
  • Pumpkins with candles inside should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and not on a porch or any path where visitors may pass close by. They should never be left unattended.


  • To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
  • Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
  • Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.


  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to ration treats for the days and weeks following Halloween. Temptation is rampant when looking at a bagful of sweets. The over-consumption of sugar will cause blood sugar spikes that can lead to nausea, increased thirst, headaches, dizziness, and make bedtime a nightmare.

Kids love Halloween! They get to dress up and get free candy! It is a perfect holiday for children! With a few safety measures you can give your kids some precious Halloween memories that they'll have for life.

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We believe that preventive care is essential to the health and well-being of a child and we are strong proponents of immunizations and routine preventative examinations.

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