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Playing It Safe on Halloween

Halloween is so much fun because it's not like other nights of the year. Have fun and stay safe by following these tips:

Staying Safe During COVID-19

  • Stay outdoors when trick-or-treating or at a Halloween gathering.
  • If you’re sick, you shouldn’t go trick-or-treating.
  • Masking safely:
    • If you go indoors, wear a protective cloth mask and keep a safe distance from others.
    • If you haven’t had a COVID-19 vaccine you should wear a two-layer protective cloth mask while you are trick-or-treating.
    • There are some fun Halloween cloth masks that work well. Don’t paint a protective face mask. Costume masks shouldn’t be worn over the protective mask.
  • Stay in small groups while walking and when treats are given out.
  • Take turns with your friends when you’re getting close to homes.
  • Wash your hands after trick-or-treating.

See and Be Seen

After dark, kids aren't usually swarming the neighborhood. But on Halloween night, they are. That's why kids need to watch out for cars and other traffic.

Be sure that your mask or costume doesn't cover your eyes or make it tough for you to see where you're going. You might think about wearing makeup instead of a mask. If you do wear a mask, make sure the eye holes are big enough that you can see.

Kids also need to be seen on Halloween, so it's a good idea to wear or carry something that glows in the dark. You might choose a glowing necklace, a glow-in-the-dark treat bag, or a flashlight. Your parents also can put reflective tape on your costume.

Don't Trip!

You want your costume to look cool, but there's nothing cool about tripping and stumbling all Halloween night. To make your costume trip-proof:

  • Make sure it's not too long.
  • Wear shoes that fit.
  • Don't use swords, canes, and other props that can get in your way.

Don't Go It Alone

It's best to trick-or-treat with family members or friends. It's also a good idea to have a grownup with you. If you have one, a cellphone can be another handy item to have with you. That way, you can check in with a parent or call for help, if needed. Don't look down at the phone if you're crossing a street or driveway.

Talk it over with your mom or dad when you're deciding where to trick-or-treat. Sticking close to home is great because then you'll know many of the people and you won't get lost in  neighborhoods that you're not used to visiting. And people who already know you just might throw an extra treat in your bag!

When trick-or-treating, don't go inside a stranger's home. Sometimes a person might invite you in for a treat, but you can just say that your mom or dad asked you not to go inside anyone's house. (Likewise, never go up to or into a stranger's car even if the person offers you a Halloween treat.)

And if you're wondering about whether to go to a certain house, check if the porch light is on. If not, that's usually a sign that no one is home or they don't want any trick-or-treaters.

Let's Talk Treats

Before you start eating the treats in your bag, you'll want to get a good look at them. When you get home, dump everything out and let your mom or dad see what you have. They can help you get rid of stuff you shouldn't eat. For instance, you don't want to eat anything that's loose or not in a wrapper. Anything unwrapped, including fresh fruit, should be thrown away. Without a wrapper, it's hard to tell if food is clean and safe to eat.

Once you've looked over your treats, you'll probably wonder just how much you can eat. Well, it's best not to overdo it. If you don't eat too much on Halloween, you'll have leftovers to enjoy in the days and weeks to come. In other words, you can make Halloween a little sweeter by making it last a little longer!

Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date Reviewed: Oct 20, 2021

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