Treat your family to a fun, safe Halloween with these tipsHalloween is a great time for pretend spookiness, with kids getting to dress up as all sorts of ghosts and goblins, but there are some safety risks that are all too real and can ruin the festivities. That’s why I’m proud to help raise awareness about Halloween safety, and I recently had the great opportunity to bring my daughters Sadie, 9, and Kerry, 6 – both dressed as witches – down to FOX 6 Real Milwaukee to demonstrate some safety ideas for parents as they plan for trick-or-treating. Watch this video to see my tips.

Costume safety

Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Program offers tips for a safe HalloweenChoose costumes that fit properly. Costumes should be large enough to allow warm clothes underneath but short enough to prevent tripping. Do not allow children to wear adult shoes or boots.

Little witches and superheroes should always choose capes with Velcro that easily pulls apart. Never tie capes or other costume pieces around a child’s neck.

Use facial paints and cosmetics in place of masks. If a mask is used, make certain the eye and nose openings do not restrict vision or breathing.

Pedestrian safety

It’s a startling fact that children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year, so make sure drivers can see costumes in the dark. Be original with a glow-in-the-dark costume or a reflective trick-or-treat bag. Children should use a flashlight or glow stick when walking at night.

Remind kids to obey traffic signs and signals at street corners and intersections, to cross only in designated crosswalks, and to look left, right and left again before crossing. They should never cross between parked cars or step into the street without looking to see if a vehicle is coming.

Adult supervision

Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well-lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Additional resources

Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy has some additional Halloween safety information and even a Halloween coloring sheet for you to share with younger kids. You’ll also find great year-round safety resources on a variety of topics to keep your family safe.

– Katie Horrigan, director of community education and outreach, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Community ServicesKohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Program

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Kohl’s Cares share the mission of keeping kids in our community safe, healthy and injury free. The Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy program provides a trusted educational resource for safety in the home, outdoors and on the go. The more families know about safety and injury prevention, the healthier they can be.

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