Halloween Safety Tips

As Halloween nears, the last thing we think about are safety precautions. Face it, we tend to focus on the age old question, “What am I going to be for Halloween?” Besides costumes, “trick or treating” and hosting holiday parties definitely take center stage. Luckily, the Halloween Industry Association (HIA), a non-profit trade association established to promote the celebration of Halloween, has put together a safety checklist for everyone to follow.


— Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Shoes should fit well and costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flames.

— Add reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.

— Mask should fit securely and allow proper site lines.

— Purchase non toxic makeup.

— Hats should fit properly and not slide over eyes.

— When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant. ( For more information about flame resistant costumes, go to http://www.hiaonline.org )

— Swords, canes, or sticks should not be sharp or too long.

— Equip flashlights with fresh batteries.

— Provide cell phones and teach children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.


— A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children.

— Trick or Treat in the late afternoon or early evening.

— If your older children are going without adult supervision, plan and review the route, have them travel in a group and be clear about the time you expect them home.

— Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

— Carry a cell phone.

— Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.

— If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway
facing traffic.

— Never cut across yards or use alleys.

— Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never
cross between parked cars or out driveways.

— Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!

— Call the police to report suspicious or unlawful activity.


— Inspect treats and discard with questionable appearances.

— Pace consumption and save treats for the days and weeks ahead!

Author: Christy Scronce

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Scronce decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of DisarrayMAG. When she’s not running Disarray, she’s consulting for Tigerlily Consultants, helping businesses with their content marketing and social media strategies.

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