Trick or Treating Safely

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I hope everyone has a happy and safe Halloween.  Today I have posted a trick or treating safety reminder list taken directly form the CDC’s website.  The list is thorough yet concise…

  • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
  • Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
  • Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Did you notice the first letter in each bullet point spells out SAFE HALLOWEEN?  I hope you find this list a good reminder and to read more visit


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  1. Thanks for this list – I am all about safety especially on Halloween – just ask the two dads who one year were perplexed by my strategy to visit one side of the street then cross over to do the houses on the other side. Less efficient but safer!

    I just got a safety update from the American Academy of Ophthalmology about contact lenses, too. Here’s a video about it –
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  2. I really hope all trick or treating kids (and their parents, of course) will follow similar rules. Its fun thing to do but also somehow dangerous…

    • Yeah, that was my thought, too. But I also hope that drivers and all adults (even without kids) realise that safety always comes first. Have a fun day tomorrow, then!

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