Avoid a Scare: Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween

Creepy costumes and decorations, scary movies, and haunted houses are all part of the fun on Halloween. However, the fright and the fear of Halloween is only enjoyable because you ultimately know that you are safe. You’re never really in danger walking through that haunted house, those spooky decorations are nothing more than servo motors and plastic, and that scary movie monster is confined to the other side of the screen. The fun is over as soon as the risk becomes real, though. Avoid a health scare with these safety tips for Halloween.

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Safety tips for Halloween

Keep costumes safe

  • Choose costumes made with bright and reflective materials.
  • Avoid loose or flowing material that could get caught or tripped over.
  • Make sure that masks fit, and that you can see and breathe properly; non-toxic makeup is a good alternative to a mask. Be sure to test a small amount on the skin before fully applying it.
  • Make sure that props are safe and that they are used safely.

Halloween safety for trick-or-treaters

  • Remember that pedestrians have a better view of a vehicle than a driver does of people walking on the street.
  • Carry headlamps or flashlights so everyone can see and be seen while trick-or-treating.
  • Attach lights or glow sticks to costumes and trick-or-treating bags.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever possible.
  • Always look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Cross at designated crosswalks, well-lit areas, corners, and stop signs, and not the middle of the road.
  • Try and make eye contact with drivers.
  • Cars don’t just drive forward — watch out for drivers backing up in reverse.
  • Children should be supervised at all times.
  • Remind children not to eat candy until after you get home.

Halloween safety for drivers

  • Park and walk instead of driving through neighborhoods if trick-or-treating.
  • Drive slow.
  • Check and double check for pedestrians; drivers should be extra alert on Halloween.
  • Popular trick-or-treat times are from 5:30 to 9:30. If you’re not-trick-or-treating consider finding routes that don’t take you through neighborhoods or staying off the road during these hours.

Keep decorations safe

  • Avoid open flames; use electric lights instead.
  • Keep electrical cords out of high traffic areas.
  • Tape or cover cords to prevent trips and falls.
  • Make sure that your entryway is safe — change light bulbs and remove hazards that could cause trips, slips, or falls.

Know where the nearest urgent care clinics are located.

We hope your Halloween goes without a hitch. However, you can’t always prevent medical emergencies. One of the leading causes of injuries on Halloween is accidental falls. MANA Urgent Care offers walk-in care at two convenient locations in Fayetteville, AR. Both walk-in urgent care clinics are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.