Halloween is a month away and chances are your child is already thinking about what they want to dress up as. On Halloween you can be anything they want – a ghost, firefighter, skeleton, the list goes on and on… But as a parent, you also want to make sure your child is safe while in costume and going from house to house trick-or-treating. 

Here are a few tips to help you do just that: 

  • Do not let children wear costumes that are long, baggy or loose. This could cause a tripping hazard and be hard to walk in.
  • Choose costumes, wigs and accessories made from fire-retardant material.
  • Select brightly colored costumes so that drivers can see children as they trick-or-treat. Also, add strips of reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags/buckets.
  • If face paint is part of the costume, make sure it is “FDA Approved” or “Non-Toxic”. This could help you avoid an allergic reaction.
  • Do not allow children under age 12 to trick-or-treat alone. Children over 12 should still have help planning a safe route before leaving the house. 
  • Instruct children to never approach a car to accept treats. Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean every person is friendly.
  • In the unfortunate event there is a mishap and medical attention is needed, remember that most health insurance plans have a smaller Urgent Care co-pay then what an Emergency Room co-pay would be.
Have a conversation with your kids early so they understand what to do and what is expected during trick-or-treat. After all, it is all about having fun!