Red Cross Tips to Make Halloween Safe and Less Scary


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October 25, 2011– as ghosts and vampires get ready to roam the streets, the American Red Cross has tips to make this a frightfully safe Halloween. 

Costume Safety

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Whether a child wants to be a princess, a monster or a superhero for Halloween, parents can help keep it safe by:

Adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.

  • Using flame-resistant costumes.
  • Using face makeup instead of masks, which can cover your eyes and make it hard to see. 

Navigating the Neighborhood

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  • To maximize safety, plan a route ahead of time. Make sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they walk through the neighborhood. 

Here are more safety tips to follow as children go from house to house: 

  • Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.
  • Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door—never go inside.
  • Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
  • Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
  • Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs. 

Trick or Treat

For those who expect to greet trick-or-treaters at their door, they can make sure it’s fun for everyone by following a few tips: 

  • Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
  • Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
  • Clear the porch or front yard of obstacles that a child could trip over.
  • Restrain pets.
  • Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard. 

Visit redcross.org for more advice on having a safe safe and fun Halloween

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a

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