Halloween Safety Tips

The Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center wants to remind you to keep your ghosts and goblins safe during this year's spooky celebrations.

Steps to Take when Trick-or-Treating

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise parents to opt-out of the traditional Halloween activities. Although fun, some may increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. Plan alternate ways to participate in Halloween.

General safety:

  • Wear a face mask
  • Put a nametag with your phone number on your child’s costume
  • Avoid shoes or props that may cause your child to trip and fall
  • Inspect treat bags before kids eat
  • Look for signs of tampering with wrappers
  • Never accept homemade items from people you do not know
  • Remove choking hazards: gum, peanuts, hard candy, and small toys
  • Confirm that treats are not cannabis (marijuana) edibles
  • When in doubt throw it out!!

Be safe, be seen:

  • Improve visibility with reflective tape on costumes and bags
  • Carry flashlights, glow sticks or wear reflective tape
  • Cross at street corners
  • Use sidewalks

Handing out candy:

  • Be outside & try to avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters
  • Give out individually wrapped treats
  • Mark Xs on ground 6 ft. apart
  • Have a hand sanitizer available

Alternatives to Trick or Treating:

  • Virtual costume contest with family and friends
  • Decorate pumpkins
  • Family movie night
  • Indoor scavenger hunt: hide treats in and around your house
  • Set up a table or “treat station” with individually bagged treats for kids to take
  • Outdoor, socially-distant Halloween parade

HIPRC invites all families to share their Halloween adventures. Make sure to tag @HIPRC on social media & use the hashtag #HIPRCHalloween2020 so your post is shared.

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