Keeping Your Munchkins & Furry Friends Safe This Halloween

Keeping Your Munchkins & Furry Friends Safe This Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching so before your little witch or warlock hits the streets in search of sugary delights, be sure they are safe as they can be.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends a few important safety tips to prevent injuries related to burns from flammable costumes.


  • When purchasing costumes, masks, beards and wigs, look for flame-resistant fabrics such as nylon or polyester, or look for the label “Flame Resistant.” Flame-resistant fabrics will resist burning and should extinguish quickly. To minimize the risk of contact with candles and other fire sources, avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves, large capes or billowing skirts.
  • Purchase or make costumes that are light colored, bright and clearly visible to motorists.
  • For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car’s headlights. Bags or sacks also should be light-colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle and sporting goods stores.
  • Children should carry flashlights to see and be seen.
  • To guard against trips and falls, costumes should fit well and not drag on the ground.
  • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. Oversized high heels are not a good idea.
  • Tie hats and scarves securely to prevent them from slipping over children’s eyes and obstructing their vision.
  • If your child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely, provides adequate ventilation, and has eye holes large enough to allow full vision.
  • Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.

Click here to read more safety tips.

Below are a few more tips to keep your kids and your pets safe this Halloween.

Tips For Kids

  • Don’t go trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Wear reflective tape on costumes and carry a flashlight so drivers will see you.
  • Make sure swords, knives, and costume accessories are short, soft, and flexible to avoid injuries.
  • Make sure your costume is flame resistant
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Don’t eat any treats before your parents have had a chance to examine them.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Do not enter anyone’s home unless you are with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.

For more safety tips for kids click here.

Tips For Pets

The ASPCA would like pet owners to be aware of “common-sense cautions” to keep your pet safe and stress-free this Halloween.

  • No tricks, no treats. Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candy that contains xylitol can be poisonous to dogs.
  • Store candy where pets can’t reach it.  Ingesting tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can pose a choking hazard and/or cause intestinal blockage.
  • Keep wires and cords from electric lights secure. If chewed, your pet could receive a life-threatening electrical shock.
  • Be careful with candles. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire.
  • Skip the costume. Unless you know he or she loves it, wearing a costume can cause undue stress to pets.  If you must dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe.
  • Keep pets in a separate room during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
  • Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If your pet escapes and gets lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can increase the chances they will be returned to you.

By keeping Halloween a fun, safe and happy holiday your little munchkins and furry friends, you’ll look forward to many happy years of Halloween fun!


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