Haunted Bay's Guide
to Halloween Safety
Plan costumes that are bright and reflective.
Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent
tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and
Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility. Add reflective tape to
bikes, skateboards, and props (swords, pitchforks, brooms) too.
Make sure that watches for the Trick-or-Treaters and
adults can be read in the dark.
Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number)
discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.
Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup
and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, look for an purchase
only those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
Think twice before using simulated knives, guns, or swords. If such
props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are
soft and flexible to prevent injury.
Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their
Plan ahead to use only battery powered lanterns or chemical light
sticks in place of candles in decorations and costumes.
This is also a great time to buy fresh batteries for your home's smoke
Teach children how to call 911 if they have an emergency or become
lost. Remind them that 911 can be dialed free at any payphone.
Review with your children the principle of "Stop-Drop-Roll",
should their clothes catch on fire.
Openly discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween
Consider purchasing individually packaged healthy food alternatives
(or safe non-food treats) for those who visit your home.
Take extra effort to eliminate tripping or other hazards on your porch
and around your property
Lear or review CPR skills to aid someone who is choking or having a
- Check the Haunted Bay Events section for fun alternatives and special events!
- Community Centers, shopping malls, and houses of worship often have
- Share fun by arranging a visit to a retirement home, senior center,
or veteran's home.
- Create an alliance with college fraternities, sororities, or service
clubs for children's face painting or a carnival.
- A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating
will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
- Consider fire safety when decorating. Do not overload
electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects.
- Always keep Jack O' Lanterns away from drapes,
decorations, flammable materials or areas where children will be
standing or walking.
- Plan and review with your children the route and
behavior which is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when
revelers must return home.
- Along with flashlights for all, older children and
escorts should carry coins and/or a cell phone for emergency phone
- Confine, segregate or otherwise prepare household pets
for an evening of frightful sights and sounds. Be sure that all dogs
and cats are wearing collars and proper identification tags. Consult
your veterinarian for further advice.
- Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and
drive slowly throughout the community.
- A parent or responsible adult should always
accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- Remind Trick-or-Treaters:
- By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen
- Stay in a group and communicate where they will
- Only go to homes with porch lights on.
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest
edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
- Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
- Always walk. Never run across a street.
- Only cross the street as a group in established
crosswalks (as recognized by local custom) or at a street corner
- Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight
before crossing a street, driveway, or alley.
- 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!
- Never consume food items or drinks that may be
- No treats are to be eaten until they are
thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
- Be cautious of and treat with respect all animals
you may come across. Halloween is a stressful time for pets and
animals that appear friendly may become scared.
- Law enforcement authorities should be notified
immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
- Wait until children are home to sort and check
treats. Though tampering is extremely rare, a responsible adult should
closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped, or
- Try to apportion treats for the days following
- Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that
can cause choking (such as hard candies), are given to those of an
- Adult partygoers should establish a designated driver
- Invite guests who are compatible so that no one feels
left out of the crowd. Lonely or unfriendly people often drink to
- Plan lots of group activities, like party games.
- Prepare plenty of foods so guests will not drink on
- Avoid too many salty snacks, which tend to make
people thirsty and drink more.
- Offer a variety of non-alcoholic beverages for the
designated driver and others. See the drink section under recipes
for recipe ideas.
- If preparing an alcoholic punch, use a non-carbonated
base like fruit juice. Alcohol is absorbed into the blood stream
faster with a carbonated base.
- Be honest when inviting guests who are known to drink
to excess. Tell them that drinking and driving is unacceptable at your
party. Get their agreement to find alternate modes of transportation.
- Never serve alcohol to someone under the legal
drinking age and never ask children to serve alcohol at parties.
- Don't let guests mix their own drinks. Choosing a
reliable "bartender" will help you keep track of the size
and number of drinks that guests consume.
- Do not push drinks. Drinking at a party is not
mandatory for having a good time.
- Close the "bar" 90 minutes before the party
ends and serve a great dessert treat with coffee. Remember, only time
sobers someone who has been drinking.
- If despite your efforts, some of your guests have had
too much to drink, drive them home, arrange for a ride with another
guest who is sober, call a taxi, or invite them to stay over.
- Remember, if you allow people to leave your party
intoxicated and they get into an accident or injure someone, YOU
may be held accountable.
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