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""Whether you’re still a trick-or-treater or you never lost your love of ghouls and goblins, Halloween is frightful fun for everyone.

But even if you aren’t afraid of the dark, with more people out in the moonlight, there can be a scary side to this holiday. Watch out for dangers as you celebrate this year.

The Department of Public Health (DPH), Department of Fire Services (DFS), and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provide resources to ensure you have a safe and happy Halloween. Check out the tips below and for a full list, read DFS’s Halloween Safety and DPH’s Halloween Safety Tips brochures.

Tips for Your Trick-or-Treaters

  • Pick a Flame-Resistant Costume — Whether your child wants to dress up as a ghost or a pirate this year, make sure the costume is resistant to fire. Look for the “Flame-Resistant” or “Flame-Retardant” label.
  • Make Sure the Costume Fits — Costumes that are too big or too tall can make children trip and fall. Be sure your child tries on the costume at the store and make sure it doesn’t drag on the floor. If they will be wearing a mask, make sure they can see and breathe easily while it’s on.
  • Go Trick-or-Treating Together — If your child is under 12, you should accompany them while they trick-or-treat.
  • Cross the Street Safely — Teach your child to be a safe pedestrian — walk on sidewalks, cross only at crosswalks, follow walk signals, and look left, right, and then left again before crossing the street.
  • See and Be Seen — Make sure your child carries a flashlight and that their costume helps them be seen by drivers if they’ll be out looking for treats after dark. Attach reflective strips to their outfit and treat bag if the costume is made of dark fabric.
  • Don’t Go to Dark Houses — Homes with treats should have their indoor and outdoor lights on to show visitors they’re welcome. If a home isn’t well lit, skip it.

Tips for Adults

  • Keep Inside and Outside Lights On — Let trick-or-treaters know they’re welcome by keeping your home well-lit inside and out. This also helps kids see the path to your front door.
  • Use Flameless Decorations — Don’t put open-flame candles in pumpkins and lawn decorations. Instead use battery-powered lights or flashlights. Also steer clear of firecrackers or other fireworks — they are illegal in Massachusetts.
  • Check Your Child’s Candy — Sort through your child’s candy haul and get rid of anything that isn’t packaged. If you have a very young child or toddler, remove small toys and treats like gum that could pose a choking hazard.
  • Be a Safe Pedestrian and Never Drink and Drive — If you’ll be out celebrating, be a safe pedestrian. Always walk on sidewalks, cross at crosswalks, and obey walk signals. Never drive after drinking alcohol. Intoxicated pedestrians and drivers are involved in a number of fatal crashes each Halloween.

How will you be spooky and safe this Halloween? Share your photos with us @MassGov or comment below with questions.

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