Published on October 30, 2019

pumpkin carving

Halloween Fun & Safety

Halloween is a holiday full of fun, trick or treating, costumes, parties and more. Although Halloween is full of fun, it is important to be prepared and protected from the dangers that often come with the holiday festivities.


  • Check to make sure that all costumes, wigs, accessories, etc. are fire resistant.
  • Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are not too long that your child could trip.
  • Avoid wearing masks that can make it hard to see.
  • Any makeup or face paint used should be non-toxic and removed before children go to bed.


  • A parent or adult should always trick or treat alongside young children.
  • Use flashlights, reflective tape or glow sticks if children are out after dark.
  • If your older children are walking alone with friends, establish a safe neighborhood route and a time they should be home by.
  • Advise your children to never go inside a car or house for a treat.
  • For children with allergies: talk to them about the candies they can eat and closely examine their candy before eating.


  • Keep carving tools away from children. Allow them to draw on the pumpkin, and have an adult do the carving.
  • Consider using a fake candle, flashlight or glow stick in your pumpkin, instead of a fire candle.
  • Candlelit pumpkins should be place on a sturdy surface away from flammable objects such as curtains. Always keep the fire attended.


  • Flash light (with fresh batteries)
  • Reflective tape for costumes
  • Carry a cell phone
  • Clear walkways
  • Turn on porch and house lights
  • Avoid use of candles
  • Contain pets in your house


Sources: National Safety Council. American Academy of Pediatrics. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.

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