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Halloween Safety Tips: Avoiding Scary Accidents and Injuries


Children in costumes trick-or-treat on Halloween

Don’t get tricked into an accident this Halloween! Enjoy trick-or-treating and other festivities safely by following these Halloween tips.

Trick-or-Treat Safety for Children

The Texas Department of Public Safety has several suggestions for maintaining your child’s safety while trick-or-treating on Halloween:

  1. Before heading out to trick-or-treat in your area, check the route for sex offenders on the Department of Public Safety sex offender registry.
  2. Children should travel in groups with supervision from an adult.
  3. Adults and children should avoid entering the homes or vehicles of strangers along the route. Tell your children to avoid homes with their porch light off.
  4. Trick-or-treaters should wear costumes that are light colored or have reflective materials. Carrying a glow stick or light source helps drivers see them in the dark.
  5. Avoid costumes with fake guns or knives so they are not confused for real weapons in the dark.
  6. Consider costumes without masks. Masks can limit visibility and peripheral vision.
  7. After trick-or-treating is over, check your child’s candy thoroughly before allowing them to eat it. Discard any candy with broken or open wrappers.

Trick-or-Treat Safety for Drivers

As Halloween approaches, we urge all drivers to practice cautious and safe driving on Tuesday evening as children and adults hit the streets across the United States for trick-or-treating. Follow these tips to keep yourself and pedestrians safe this Halloween:

  • Do not drink and drive. Period. October 31st is no different than any other day — drunk driving is a careless, dangerous, life-threatening choice to yourself and others.
  • When traveling through areas with heavy foot traffic, drive below the posted speed limit to give yourself additional time in case a pedestrian suddenly appears in the road.
  • Be aware that children may not be focusing on their own safety while trick-or-treating. Stay alert and anticipate pedestrians walking on and across the road.
  • Obey traffic signs and signals and respect the pedestrian right of way.

Tips for Halloween Partygoers

Children are not the only segment of the population that can enjoy the festivities of Halloween. While children focus on trick-or-treating safely, adults should take responsible actions when planning on drinking alcohol at a Halloween party. Whether it’s a costume party at a person’s house, a bar, or restaurant, adults should follow these safety tips:

  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Designate a sober person as your driver at the end of the night. Alternatively, plan on taking a taxi or ridesharing service home.
  • Don’t let your friends or family drive home after drinking. Over to pay for a cab ride or rideshare service.
  • If you don’t plan on drinking on Halloween, offer to drive others home.
  • Hosting a Halloween party at your home? Do not let visitors who have drank alcohol drive home. In some cases, you may be held liable for an auto accident caused by a person who became inebriated under your roof. Arrange for guests to stay the night or to take a taxi or ridesharing service home.

Halloween Costume Safety Tips

Whether you are dressing up as a pirate, a celebrity, or an inanimate object, there are steps you can take to ensure that your costume won’t cause you any harm. Here are some tips from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

  • Wear costumes that are flame resistant or made of flame resistant materials, such as nylon and polyester.
  • Planning on trick-or-treating or walking around on Halloween? Make sure your costume is either brightly colored or contains a strip of reflective material so motorists can more easily spot you. Pedestrians are at an increased risk of being struck by a vehicle on Halloween night.
  • Decorative, colored, or non-prescription contact lenses should be avoided unless an eye care professional has been consulted. These lenses have not received FDA approval, can carry contaminants if not cleansed properly, and can cause damage to the eye due to not being fitted properly.
  • Test makeup on your arm before applying to the face to see if you are allergic. You may want to consider ditching face paint altogether and go with a hat instead. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics conducted a study that found traces of heavy metals, such as lead and cadmium, in many Halloween face paints marketed to kids. These and other heavy metals, some considered carcinogenic, can cause serious health effects including reproductive toxicity and endocrine disruption.
  • Exercise caution when wearing a mask or a long costume, both of which can cause tripping hazards.

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