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Halloween Fun Without The Fear: 13 Tips To Keep Your Kids Safe


Halloween can be frightening, and it’s not just the goblins! There are real dangers for young trick-or-treaters. Keep the costumes scary and your kids safe by following some important safety tips. After all, Halloween is (and should be!) great fun. Here are 13 tips we’ve picked up from some pros to keep your little ones out of harm’s way. Visit the links below to learn even more.


  1. Know where you’re going! Route your trick-or-treat path ahead of time, picking well-lit streets and neighborhoods you know.1
  2. Avoid dark colors. Instead, choose bright-colored costumes or ones with reflectors on them, so drivers can see your child. It’s also a good idea to have children carry lit flashlights.3
  3. Speaking of costumes, make sure those prop knives, swords, ninja items, etc., are soft and bendable.1
  4. Save the princess high heels and clunky boots that come with costumes for indoor parties. Well-fitting, comfortable shoes help avoid sore feet, and more importantly, tripping in the dark.3
  5. Keep treats in the bag until the children get home. Then, cut and examine all fruit and throw out all unwrapped candy.1
  6. Jack O’ Lanterns and candles have the potential to catch fire. It’s a good time to check your smoke detectors and make sure they are working and don’t need a change of batteries.3
  7. The proper placement of candle-lit pumpkins and other decorative candles is also important. Keep them out of your children's reach, not on porches or doorsteps.1
  8. All of that being said, you can’t control how your neighbors decorate, so make sure costumes are fire-resistant.3
  9. Teens and tweens should be accompanied by an older, responsible teenager or adult when trick-or-treating. Be sure you know where they’ll be walking and how you can reach them.3
  10. Give teens a curfew. This will help set your mind at ease, trust us.2
  11. Remind your children of general safety tips, such as never entering the homes or cars of strangers. They should also be instructed to stick together as a group.2
  12. Avoid trick-or-treating at unlit homes, as this is a sign that they prefer not to be disturbed.1
  13. And, of course, after a sugar-filled day of fun, remember to brush those teeth! Need a little help getting your little ones to brush? Add ARM & HAMMER Spinbrush Kids’ Toothbrushes to their goodie bags. There are a variety of favorite characters to choose from, including NEW Super Mario and Princess Peach. They’re a fun way to remove plaque, fight cavities and massage gums. Plus, kids brush 38% longer when using a Spinbrush battery-powered toothbrush!*

Now that you have taken the precautions necessary, you and your kids can have all the fun—without the fear! Halloween only comes once a year, so go out there, enjoy yourselves, and take lots of pictures!

*Than a manual toothbrush. Data on file.
TM & ©2014 Nintendo

Learn More:
http://childcare.about.com/od/childsafet1/a/trickortreat_3.htm
www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/843873/halloween-safety-tips-for-parents
http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/

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Works Cited

1McClure, Robin. “Halloween Tips For Child Care Providers.”About.com Child Care.
About.com, n.d. Web. 26 August, 2013.
2de la Torre, Naomi. “Halloween Safety Tips For Parents.”
She Knows Parenting.
She Knows, LLC, 12 October 2012. Web. 26 August, 2013.
3“Halloween Health and Safety Tips.”Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC Office of Women’s Health, 29 October 2012. Web. 26 August, 2013.




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