Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to personal or home safety. So before you carve those jack-o-lanterns, adorn your home with creepy-crawlies, and stock up on sweet treats, follow these simple tips to make sure this Halloween is safe and spooky fun for everyone concerned.

Costume Safety

When selecting a costume, make sure it fits appropriately to prevent trips and falls. Add reflective tape or stickers to make it visible at night, or have your children carry a flashlight. Whenever possible, choose face paint or makeup instead of masks; the latter can obstruct a child’s vision.

little children in Halloween costumes of pirate and witch

Trick-or-Treating Safety

Do not allow children under age 12 to trick-or-treat alone at night; adult supervision is a safety necessity. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, have them go in groups and make sure they stick to familiar areas. Remind them to never enter a stranger’s house or car.

Teach your children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them and to always walk on sidewalks or well-worn paths.

Drive Safely

If you’re out and about on Halloween, slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Take extra time at intersections, and enter and exit driveways carefully.

Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids and turn your headlights on earlier than normal.

Host Safely

Whether you’re throwing a spook-tacular Halloween bash or just passing out candy, make sure your home is a safe place for your guests. Use flameless tea lights instead of real candles to illuminate your Jack-o-lanterns, avoid displaying decorations on pathways and make sure your front door area is clear of clutter. For an adult soiree, be sure to have non-alcoholic beverage options for those who do not drink or might be driving home that night.

At Burton, our concern for friends, customers, and friends we haven’t met goes way beyond their home heating and plumbing needs. So Happy Halloween everyone, and enjoy it to the fullest, but in the safest possible ways.