Red Cross Tips for Safe Halloween Across Vermont & Upper Valley

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Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents.

Red Cross Offers Tips for Safe, Yet Spooky Halloween; Avoid injuries, costume mishaps, traffic accidents

[Burlington, Vermont], October 29, 2013 — With Halloween right around the corner, the American Red Cross would like everyone to stay safe when they put on their costumes and go out to Trick-or-Treat.

Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents, so the Red Cross is offering the following tips to help make Halloween safe:

COSTUME SAFETY There are steps parents can take to keep their little ghosts and goblins safe in their disguises:

  • Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Use flame-resistant costumes.
  • Use face makeup instead of masks, which can cover their eyes and make it hard to see.
  • BE SAFE WHILE OUT TRICK-OR-TREATING Here are more safety tips to follow as children go from house to house:

  • Maximize safety by planning a route ahead of time, making sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they walk through the neighborhood.
  • Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.
  • Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door—never go inside.
  • Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
  • Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
  • Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
  • WELCOMING GHOST AND GOBLINS If someone is welcoming Trick-or-Treaters at their home, there are a few simple tips to consider:

  • Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
  • Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
  • Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
  • Restrain pets.
  • Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.
  • LEARN WHAT TO DO People can download the free American Red Cross First Aid App. Users receive instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies whenever and wherever they need it. Features of the app include:

  • Step-by-step instructions on how to handle the most common first aid situations;
  • Videos and animations that make the skills easy to learn;
  • Safety and preparedness tips; and
  • Quizzes that users can take to earn badges which they can share with their friends on social media.
  • People can find all of the Red Cross apps in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.