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Safety First: Keep the tricks out of fall festivals and Trunk or Treats

Safety First: Keep the tricks out of fall festivals and Trunk or Treats

A few simple precautions can go a long way to ensure costumed children remain safe and healthy during fall festivals and Trunk or Treats. Hendrick Health shares a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.


  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. If needed, add reflective tape or striping to the outfits and bags for greater visibility.
  • Check the fit of hats, head coverings and masks to ensure eyes are not covered.
  • Look for costumes, wigs and accessories marked “flame resistant.”
  • Make sure shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping.
  • Avoid swords, canes and other long, sharp accessories. These items can cause injury during a trip or fall.
  • Do not use decorative contact lens without an examination and prescription from an eye care professional.

Walking and Crossing Streets

  • Always accompany children, and walk only in well-lit areas. If a sidewalk is not available, walk on the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Cross the street at crosswalks or other designated areas. Never cross the street between cars or out of driveways. Motorists may have trouble seeing pedestrians.

Healthy Treats

  • Offer nonedible goodies, such as glow sticks, bubbles, spider rings, stickers and pencils. Food Allergy Research and Education promotes placing a teal pumpkin on the porch with nonfood trinkets as an option for children with food allergies.
  • Examine all candy and discard any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • To discourage filling up on candy and other sweets, feed children a good meal prior to the fall festival or holiday party.


  • Do not let small children carve pumpkins. Instead, let them use a marker to draw the design on the pumpkin.
  • Light the pumpkin with a glow stick, battery-powered tea light or flashlight instead of a candle.
  • Place pumpkins off the walking path to guard against tripping. Never leave lighted pumpkins unattended.

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