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8 Ways to Make Your Kids' Halloween Safer

October 29, 2013
A little girl dressed up as a panda bear for Halloween

It's that time of year again! The fall season means Halloween festivities are near, and children in Georgia will soon show off their elaborate costumes while they trick or treat for something sweet this Thursday.

With all this fun and excitement, it’s easy to forget our basic safety rules. Halloween activities provide a fun and engaging atmosphere, but they can also lead to unwanted harm such as injuries or sickness.

Here are a few reminders just to be safe:

  1. Make sure your costume isn’t flammable or contains metal with lead.
  2. All swords or knives should be short, soft and flexible.
  3. Test makeup on a small area of skin first to prevent a rash or irritation — then be sure to wash it all off at night.
  4. Never trick or treat alone — there is safety in numbers.
  5. Don’t go to a house if the lights are off.
  6. Take a flashlight with you or attach reflective tape to the costumes — that way cars can see you easily.
  7. Walk from house to house, don’t run.
  8. Don’t eat homemade treats from strangers — stick with factory-wrapped candy.

If you haven’t carved a pumpkin yet, here are some quick safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Have a great Halloween and be safe!

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Editorial Director for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, Ga., with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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