Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is a favorite time of year for children and adults all around New York City. Here are tips for celebrating in a safe and healthy way.
- Make your child visible - Choose a brightly-colored treat bag and costume, and place reflective strips on the costume. These actions help drivers see your child better in the dark.
- Costumes and masks should fit well to avoid blocked vision or tripping. Costume accessories such as swords, canes and jewelry should not be too long or sharp
- Decorative contact lenses can cause serious eye injury. Check with your doctor before wearing them.
- Supervise your child when trick-or-treating or make sure they're with a trusted adult. Don't let your child enter anyone's home alone.
- Tell your child to look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at street corners.
- Carefully check treats for tampering, choking hazards and possible allergies. Do not let your child eat any open or unwrapped treats.
- Limit the amount of treats your child eats.
- Give out healthy treats such as dried fruit packets or whole wheat mini pretzels.
- Remove clutter and wet leaves from sidewalks and steps to avoid slips and falls.
- Only adults should carve the pumpkin. Supervise children closely around carving tools.
- Use a tea light or glow stick in the jack o'lantern instead of a burning candle.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Halloween Health and Safety Tips
NYC Police Department Safety Tips for Halloween