Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween

While the tradition of dressing up for Halloween and going trick-or-treating is a great adventure for children who get to pretend to be anything or anyone they want, it’s important to remember that since Halloween is celebrated at Halloween night when it is dark, it can also be a dangerous time. The excitement of the night along with the darkness can cause injuries or accidents to children.

To make Halloween safer for the children as well as parents, the Avon Volunteer Fire Department offers the following simple rules:

  1. Go trick or treating with an adult.
  2. Carry a flashlight or glow stick.
  3. Make sure your costume fits properly and is not too long (you don’t want to trip on it).
  4. Try to wear make-up instead of a mask.
  5. If you wear a mask, make sure you can see clearly though the eye holes.
  6. Go only to homes of people you know and never go inside a home without your parent.
  7. Go only to houses with the lights on.
  8. Trick or Treat on one side of the street at a time and cross the street at intersections.
  9. When crossing a street, remove your mask.
  10. Never eat any candy or treats until your parents have had time to check the goodies at home.
  11. Do not cross yards or lawns. Unseen objects or uneven terrain can cause you to trip and fall.
  12. Parents, make sure costumes are flame retardant.
  13. Trick or Treat bags should be brightly colored and reflective.
  14. Walk on sidewalks whenever possible.
  15. If possible, wear brightly colored clothing and costumes or add glow in the dark patches or reflectors.