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May 2, 2023 in Down Syndrome

15 Halloween Healthy and Safety Tips for Children

1. Use costumes that are bright and reflective
Try to choose costumes that are brightly colored. Reflective costumes are even better because they help parents to see children from a distance. Some costumes come with reflective strips, so check if this is important to you before buying.

2. Give your child a flashlight to carry with them:
Kids love to go into dark places, so a flashlight is excellent to have on hand. Also, if they leave the house with a flashlight, they will be more likely to listen when you have a reminder to remind them that they are off in a different direction.

3. Let your children know that trick-or-treating is only allowed in some neighborhoods and other areas are off limits.
Let your children know where they can and cannot go, or they might get lost or stuck at home. Kids need to respect these rules and understand that you are trying to keep them safe.

4. Choose a safe route for your child’s neighborhood trick-or-treating:
If your child is going with friends, choose a safe route that doesn’t require going into places like dark alleys or deserted parking lots. Walk the route together once before you go trick-or-treating to ensure everyone knows where they’re going.

5. Avoid Masks that cover children’s faces and obstruct breathing:
Masks that cover children’s faces can prevent them from seeing well or breathing freely and prevent you from seeing and identifying them. Don’t let your child wear a mask when it’s hot outside and he’s not playing “haunted house” games in the backyard.

6. Buy them fitting shoes
When you buy your child a costume, ensure the shoes are well-fitting. If they’re not comfortable in their shoes, they’ll want them off, which could be dangerous if they’re walking down busy streets.

7. Children should never use knives, swords, or any other sharp objects

Ensure that children do not carry or use anything that appears dangerous such as knives, swords, and ice picks. These items could be used in ways that were never intended.

8. Make sure your child’s costume fits properly
Ensure your child’s costume has no loose parts or strings that could get caught on things. It’s better to be safe than sorry and have a loose string that could break off your child and cause them to fall.

9. Don’t let children wander off on their own
While children will want to explore and play on their own in some neighborhoods, other places are not safe for children to roam freely, so again, you need to keep an eye on your child until they get home.

10. Make sure your child’s costume is flame-resistant
Not all costumes are flame-resistant, so make sure you know what kind of material is used to make your child’s costume. If it’s a costume that uses a lot of fabric, like a princess dress and tutu, it’s best to avoid using it during Halloween.

11. Make sure your child is visible to others
Others should see children at all times, so they should wear bright clothing underneath their costumes. Children are more likely to get lost when it’s dark out, so any bright colors that make them visible will help them and you find their way home.

12. Teach your child never to enter a stranger’s house or car
Remind your children that stranger danger is real and to never enter another person’s house, car, or vehicle. It’s hard to control what your child sees or hears at trick-or-treating times, so always remember where your child is going.

13. Make sure your child knows their home address and phone number in case they get lost.
Let your child know their home address before they go trick-or-treating. Then, if they get lost, it’s best to have them call you from someone else’s house or a neighbor’s phone so that you can help them find their way home.

14. Get together a group of children for safety
When you’re trick-or-treating with your child, it’s important to ensure everyone is together and in one place so that even if your child gets separated, they’ll be able to find each other again. This can help avoid situations where everyone is alone and separated from the group.

15. Feed your child a nutritious meal before they go to parties and trick-or-treating.
Instead of skipping trick-or-treating, take a few minutes to pack a snack for your child before they leave the house. Letting them eat something before they go can be helpful because it will make them more likely to participate in Halloween.


Halloweens are not only fun and exciting times, but they can also be scary and dangerous. Following these safety tips can help ensure that your child has a fun and safe Halloween.

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