Follow These Safety Tips for a Spooktacular Halloween

Halloween is tops among the favorite holidays for kids. Ensure nothing interferes with the fun by following these Halloween safety tips from Sunrise Windows & Doors.

Costume Safety

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. As an alternative, use a reflective trick-or-treat bag or add strips of reflective tape.
  • Costumes should not include clothing that drags on the ground, or accessories or shoes that might cause your child to trip and fall.
  • Use makeup or a decorative hat as an alternative to a mask, which can limit a child’s field of vision.
  • Be sure to dress for the weather, which may mean adding layers if the temperature will be cold.

Preparing for Visitors

  • Welcome trick-or-treaters by removing items from your lawn, sidewalk and driveway that could cause tripping, such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and yard ornaments.
  • Ensure outdoor lights are in good working order, and replace bulbs if necessary.
  • Restrain pets for their safety and the safety of neighborhood children. Stressed or nervous pets are more likely to bite and scratch.

When Trick-or-Treating

  • Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Ensure older children travel in groups.
  • Discuss in advance the route children should follow. If you do not accompany your children, ask them to call you if they plan to go on a street that isn’t on the route.
  • Give each child a flashlight to help them avoid stumbling and falls in the dark.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic so motorists can see you.
  • Only accept treats at the front door; never enter the home of a stranger. Avoid houses that are not well-lit.
  • Be cautious around unfamiliar animals, especially dogs.
  • Instruct children not to eat any treats until they get home so a parent can inspect the candy for tampering.

About the Author

Joseph Mills

Joseph Mills

Joe Mills is the Director of Marketing for Sunrise Windows and Doors. He has spent almost 15 years working with homeowners helping them envision and design home improvement projects. He is proficient in assisting homeowners through their entire buying process, including helping them do the proper research, what signs to look for to minimize a homeowner’s risk, understanding the in home selling process and once the decision is made, how the installation process will work. He has written a consumer-oriented book called “How To Buy Vinyl Replacement Windows” that can help window buyers make educated choices.