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Mom and dad: here are some thoughts for a safe and happy Halloween!

Children Dressed In Halloween Costumes Trick-Or-Treating In COVID-19 Times

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This weekend our streets and neighborhoods will be filled with ghouls and goblins (and princesses!) asking for a treat to avoid a trick. Just a few thoughts to make it a safe and happy weekend:

Pumpkin Carving and Decorations:

  • An adult should always be present for pumpkin carving. Let children participate by drawing the face on the pumpkin and scooping out the insides, but leave the carving to an adult.
  • Any open flame can potentially be dangerous. Consider using artificial lights instead.


  • Make sure costumes are “flame resistant.”
  • If the costume has a mask, make sure your child has eye holes large enough for good peripheral vision.
  • Use soft and flexible materials for swords, knives and other props.
  • Make sure Halloween costumes fit properly. A costume that is too loose could pose a tripping hazard or accidentally be ignited by the open flame of a jack-o-lantern.
  • Make sure face paint is hypoallergenic and non-toxic.


  • When giving out Halloween treats, consider setting up a table outside with individual, wrapped treats.
  • Plan a safe route, sticking with familiar neighborhoods and houses that are well-lit inside and outside.
  • Younger children should be with an adult, and older children should travel in small groups. 
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags so drivers can see trick-or-treaters better at night.
  • Carry a flashlight and bring a cell phone.
  • Be sure your children know to look both ways before crossing the street and to only cross at corners or crosswalks. This is even more important when it is dark outside.
  • Teach your children never to accept rides from strangers, no matter what the person says to them.
  • Parents should inspect all candy to make sure it is safely wrapped and does not pose an allergic threat or choking hazard.
  • PLEASE keep your pets indoors in a quiet room so they don't run out the front door or scare off some of your weekend visitors!

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