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Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Halloween is a fun time of year for both children and adults. Whether you plan on trick-or-treating under the moonlight or hosting your own spooky haunted house, it’s important to stay safe. With advice and resources from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS) you can ensure your family’s safety while enjoying the holiday.

Trick-or-Treating Safety

You can help make everyone’s Halloween enjoyable by looking after children and establishing a safe environment, whether for costumed characters visiting your home or if your kids are out scaring up sweets.

  • Halloween safety tips include accompanying children around the neighborhood and carrying a flashlight.
  • Inspect all candy when trick-or-treating and throw away anything that was possibly opened or otherwise not in its original packaging.
  • Ensure there is a clear path to your front door and that your lawn is well-lit to protect trick-or-treaters.
  • Remind your child about street safety and to never enter a stranger’s home or get in their car.

Creating a Safe Costume

Whether your child wants to be a superhero, a princess, or an astronaut, make sure his or her costume is visible on dark Halloween nights. Additionally, while making or choosing a costume, remember to:

  • Look for flame-resistant costumes to prevent accidental fires;
  • Attach reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags to help drivers spot you or your child at night;
  • Adjust costumes so that they fit well and do not drag on the floor or the ground; and
  • Make sure children’s masks fit properly so they can see and breathe easily.

Parties and Haunted Houses

Public haunted houses and Halloween parties can present risks such as accidental fires and injuries. Following some important decorating safety tips can reduce those risks.

  • Prevent candle fires by using battery-operated candles instead of open-flame candles.
  • Separate holiday decorations instead of having one continuous display; this fire safety tip will help prevent flammable items from burning.
  • Place decorations away from heat sources such as cornstalks and dry leaves, which can easily burn.
  • Identify all exits and note the location of fire extinguishers. Be sure not to obscure or block exit signs.
  • Public special amusement buildings opening for the Halloween season should be up-to-date and follow the building code and regulations for operating their space.

Create great memories this Halloween by promoting frightfully fun activities and implementing safety with these helpful tips. For more information about safety, contact your local fire department.

Share your Halloween safety tips by commenting below or tweet us at @MassGov.

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