The Psych Central Report

Halloween Safety Tips

by SS8282
October 2005

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Halloween is coming up right around the corner. Little princesses, pirates, and Harry Potters go from door to door, excitedly saying, “Trick or treat!” There are parties, and haunted houses. It is a time when people let their imagination loose in dressing up or decorating their homes to turn them into haunted houses; a time when a little scare is exhilarating and fun. Unfortunately, sometimes things do get realistically scary and something goes wrong. Practicing the following safety tips can help minimize the chances of something going wrong.


It is safer to use face paint than a mask, which can block the child’s view. If a mask must be worn, the eye-holes need to be large enough for the child to see well. It should fit the child’s face so that it can not be easily shifted, thereby covering the eyes.

Check the length of the costume. If it is too long, the child (and others) can trip over it.


Treats should never be eaten before being checked by a trusted adult.

Check all the treats the child brings back. Make sure that nothing is tampered with. If in doubt, throw it out.

It is best not to give out home-made food to children. To err on the side of caution, they may be thrown into the garbage, just in case there’s something in there that may harm the child.

General Safety

At least one responsible adult should take younger children around, to ensure their safety.

Children should never, EVER go into a house, unless they know the occupants very well, or the adult that is taking them around goes in with them.

Keep watch on older and bigger children, even adults, who ruin the fun by being bullies. They take away the treats right from the child’s hands. Sometimes, they would push the child down, or worse, before stealing his or her bag of treats.

Keep paths to the door well lit to avoid people from bumping or tripping over things.

If candles are used to light up pumpkins (jack-o-lanterns), it must be carefully watched in case it gets tipped over and sets something on fire.

Hallowe’en comes only once a year, and its safety issues can very easily be forgotten or overlooked. Safety is very important, and heeding these safety tips can help ensure that everyone will have a happy and fun time.

Last updated: 4 Oct 2005
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 4 Oct 2005
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