Safety Tips for Halloween

Children love Halloween!  However, please remember that safety is important for your little ghosts and goblins.  Here are some tips that will ensure that your children are able to fully enjoy the spooky festivities.  Happy Halloween!

  1. Avoid costumes that block vision such as some masks, wigs, hats and eye patches.

  2. If your child’s costume includes face paint or makeup always use a hypoallergenic brand.  Pay close attention to the paint label and make sure that paint additives are FDA approved.  Be careful when applying paint or makeup around the eye.  Do not use blush or lip-liner to create a “red” effect, as some of these makeups are not approved for use around the eyes.

  3. Only adults should apply makeup to children.  Remove makeup with cold cream or eye makeup remover instead of soap and water.  If makeup gets into the eye rinse it with cold water.  If redness or irritation continues, see an eye care professional as soon as possible.

  4. Sharp objects such as swords or wands can endanger your child’s eyes as well as the eyes of other children.

  5. Always accompany children while trick-or-treating.  Only go to houses you are familiar with, and only visit homes that have the porch light on.

  6. Give your child a small flashlight.  If it is a dark night your child will be more able to see dark paths and steps and avoid holes in yards.  They will also be more visible to drivers.

  7. Make sure costumes are reflective and made of flame retardant material.  You can add reflective tape to any costume for better visibility.