- Look for flame-resistant costumes. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends costumes made out of synthetic materials like nylon or polyester, which are less flammable than other materials.
- Plan the Trick-or-Treat route and make sure adults know where children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children along the planned route.
- Make sure the Trick-or-Treaters have a flashlight. Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing in order to be seen.
- Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door – never go inside.
- Instead of masks, which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, consider using face paint.
- Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at the corner. Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
- Be cautious around pets and any other animals.
WELCOMING GHOSTS AND GOBLINS If someone is welcoming Trick-or-Treaters at their home, they should make sure the outdoor light is on. Other safety steps include:
- Sweep leaves from the sidewalks and steps.
- Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
- Restrain any household pets.
- Use a glow stick instead of a candle in the jack-o-lantern to avoid a fire hazard.
STEERING CLEAR OF WITCHES AND WEREWOLVES Children and adults can be especially unpredictable and less conscious of road safety, so it’s important for drivers to take on added responsibility.
- If possible, avoid trick-or-treating areas with heavy pedestrian traffic in favor of major routes and highways.
- Moderate your speed and be alert for people in the streets.
- Minimize distractions. It is especially dangerous to use electronic devices while driving on Halloween night. Fewer distractions allow for better awareness of your surroundings.
LEARN WHAT TO DO People can download the free American Red Cross First Aid App. Users receive instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies whenever and wherever they need it. Features of the app include:
- Step-by-step instructions on how to handle the most common first aid situations;
- Videos and animations that make the skills easy to learn;
- Safety and preparedness tips; and
- Quizzes that users can take to earn badges which they can share with their friends on social media.
People can find all of the Red Cross apps in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.
Happy Halloween from the American Red Cross!