Happy Halloween from Protect America! This downloadable resource for families is a seasonal guide containing vital tips and facts to keep in mind during the spooky season of Halloween. Its primary goal is to inform families and safeguard children from hazards during the trick-or-treating season. Protect America aims to help parents and children avoid the potential dangers of Halloween activities with the following downloadable pamphlet:

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Every year, over 150 million Americans participate in Halloween festivities. Of these, 41 million children age 5 to 14 go trick-or-treating. While the search for sweets is a fun annual activity, it is important to remember to be safe when collecting your Halloween bounty.

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Who doesn’t love trick-or-treating? It’s fun going from house to house to collect as much candy as possible before your bag bursts. However this year, make sure you have an extra safe Halloween night with these four trick-or-treating tips:

  1. Before embarking on your big adventure, plot out a trick-or-treating map.
  2. Never go trick-or-treating alone, and carry the map so you don’t get lost.
  3. Parents should inspect all types of candy before any of it is consumed.
  4. Throw out any candy that has an open or damaged wrapper.

See and Be Seen

Always accompany your children when trick-or-treating. Walk, don’t run, from house to house. Only cross streets at crosswalks. Teach your children to look both ways before crossing the street. When it comes to older kids, remind them to take out the headphones and pocket their cell phones when crossing the street.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than twice as many children are injured in pedestrian accidents on Halloween than any other days throughout the year. There are a number of countermeasures that can be taken in order to prevent these types of incidences. When you’re making your costume, make sure you have visibility. Masks can make it difficult to properly see, so try face paint instead. Does your costume have a long cape or are you wearing a long dress? Make sure it won’t make you trip and fall. You don’t want to spill all the candy you collected!

Proper Costumes: Safety in Disguise

Poor costume choices—including decorative contact lenses and flammable costumes — face paint allergies can haunt you long after Halloween if they cause injury. Make sure that other people can see you in your costume. Wear light colors and ask your parents to put reflective tape on your costume so cars and other motor vehicles can see you. Additionally, remember to use all of your regular safety habits when crossing the street. Just because it is Halloween and everyone is being festive doesn’t mean you can skip over looking both ways before you cross the street.

Costumes can be dangerous! Avoid pointy swords and sticks. Instead use cardboard and tape to make bendable props and accessories. Also, choose flame resistant costumes. If buying a costume, check for a “flame resistant” notification on the label. Glow sticks or flashlights are great alternatives to candles. On the street, glow sticks can be festive and fun while increasing visibility in the dark.

Have a Safe Halloween!

Only 1/3 of all parents talk to their children about safety on the night of Halloween. Protect America is trying to raise awareness by providing families these fun facts and tips about safely participating in Halloween festivities. Whether you’re goblin or ghoul, vampire or witch, Halloween should be a fun time for all. Follow these simple tips to ensure your experience is a safe one!