Halloween Safety Tips

Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center reminds you to keep your ghosts and goblins SAFE during this year's spooky celebrations.

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to the safety of our little trick-or-treaters! Fortunately, there are LOTS of easy things families can do to stay safe on the spookiest of holidays:

  • Stay home if you’re sick
    • Get tested if you have Covid-19 symptoms
  • Take precautions in crowded or indoor events
  • 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!!
  • Improve visibility with reflective tape on costumes and bags
  • Carry flashlights, glow sticks or wear reflective tape
  • Cross at street corners
  • Use sidewalks
  • Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.


  • Wear a mask, if possible
  • Be outside & try to avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters
  • Give out individually wrapped treats
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Have a hand sanitizer available

Courtesy of Safe Kids


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Halloween Safety

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