Halloween Safety Tips
Autumn brings Halloween – a fun holiday when kids get to decorate pumpkins, dress up in costumes, and go trick-or-treating. When preparing for Halloween, BMC wants you to keep the following safety tips in mind.
When decorating pumpkins…
- An adult should always be the one carving.
- Give children markers and paint, so that they can decorate their pumpkin.
- Use a flashlight, glow stick, or battery-operated flameless candle instead of a real candle to light the inside of the pumpkin.
When choosing the right costume…
- Look for bright colors so that you are visible when trick-or-treating at nighttime.
- Make sure the costume fits properly. It should not be too long to avoid tripping, and layer up to provide warmth on a chilly late-October night.
- Avoid obstructing your children’s vision by using kid-friendly make up and face paint, instead of a mask.
When it is time to trick-or-treat…
- Decorate your candy bag with reflective tape and always carry around a flashlight or glow stick so that you can be seen by drivers.
- Children under age 12 should always be accompanied by a parent.
- For kids who are older than 12 years old and want to trick or treat alone, remind them to stay in a familiar area with a group of friends, use crosswalks, and look left, right, and left again when crossing the street.
- Only visit houses that are well lit both inside and outdoors, and appear to be welcoming to trick-or-treaters. When in doubt, stick to the homes of folks you know!
Remember the most popular time for trick-or-treating is from 5:30–9:30pm, so drive safely -- and once you’re home, be ready to hand out some yummy treats.