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Simple Steps for a Safe and Spooktacular Halloween in San Tan Valley


As the spooky season descends upon San Tan Valley, excitement for Halloween is in the air. But with the fun and festivities comes the need for safety. SafeKids, the FDA, and other safety organizations have provided essential tips to ensure a fun-filled and secure Halloween experience for everyone.

Be Visible and Vigilant
The primary concern during Halloween is visibility and vigilance, especially for young trick-or-treaters.

  • Bright and Reflective Costumes: Equip children with glow sticks or flashlights, and use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags. Light-colored costumes are also recommended to enhance visibility.
  • Adult Supervision: Children under 12 should be accompanied by adults. Older children should have a pre-approved route and a specific curfew.
  • Traffic Caution: Drivers are urged to be extra careful, slow down, and use headlights early to increase visibility of children, who might unexpectedly dart across streets.

Costume Safety
Choosing the right costume is not just about the theme; it's about safety too.

  • Fire Resistance: Costumes, wigs, and accessories should be fire-resistant.
  • Face Paint Over Masks: Non-toxic face paint is preferable to masks that can obscure vision. Remember to test makeup in advance for allergic reactions.
  • Avoid Tripping Hazards: Ensure costumes are the right size to prevent trips and falls.

On the Prowl: Trick-or-Treating Safety
Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day.

  • Never Enter Strangers' Homes: Teach children to avoid entering strangers' homes or cars.
  • Group Safety: Children should stick with friends and stay in familiar, well-lit areas.
  • Treat Inspection: Remind children not to eat any treats until they have been inspected at home, especially for those with food allergies.

Motorist Safety
With increased foot traffic on Halloween, motorists in San Tan Valley are advised to exercise extra caution.

  • Reduced Speed and Vigilance: Be alert for children on the roads and watch out for those in dark clothing.
  • Experienced Drivers Only: Discourage inexperienced drivers from being on the road during trick-or-treat hours.

Costume and Makeup Tips
The FDA, along with other agencies, provides additional tips for a safe Halloween experience.

  • Approved Makeup: Use only FDA-approved color additives and avoid decorative contact lenses without a prescription.
  • Flame-Resistant Materials: Ensure homemade costumes use flame-resistant fabrics like polyester or nylon.

Safe Treats and Party Tips
Candy and parties are integral to Halloween, but safety should not be overlooked.

  • Inspect Treats: Examine all treats for tampering before consumption.
  • Food Safety: Be cautious with unpasteurized juices and thoroughly clean apples before bobbing.

Eye Safety
The FDA emphasizes the dangers of non-prescription decorative contact lenses.

  • Prescription First: Only use decorative contact lenses prescribed by a licensed eye care professional.
  • Avoid Illegal Lenses: Beware of non-prescription lenses, which can cause severe eye injuries and infections.

San Tan Valley residents are encouraged to follow these guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween. Let's make this Halloween a memorable and secure one for all!
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