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Treat yourself to a safe, happy Halloween with these safety tips

The Alabama Department of Public Health recommends following these safety tips to keep everyone safe this Halloween.

ALABAMA, USA — As the spooky season kicks into high gear this weekend, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) recommends the following tips to help ensure everyone has a safe and fun time this Halloween.


  • Be sure costumes, masks, wigs, beards, and other accessories are flame-resistant.
  • Add reflective tape to costumes, bags, and accessories to increase visibility.
  • Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses that can be purchased without a prescription. These may not fit properly and could cause scratches, ulcers, and other eye injuries.

Pedestrian Safety

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child.
  • Caution children against running out from between parked cars, or across yards where obstacles may be hard to spot.
  • Stick to walking areas that are well-lit and free of obstacles. Carry a flashlight to see and be seen more easily.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries.
  • Avoid distraction by electronic devices.

Safe Homes

  • Only go to homes where the parents know the residents.
  • Visit homes that have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.
  • Remove potential obstacles for trick-or-treaters from your lawn, porch, and steps.
  • The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency also recommends checking their sex offender registry. The registry allows you to see where sex offenders live and ensure your children are visiting safe homes. 


  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters, such as individual packs of raisins, trail mix or pretzels. For party guests, offer a variety of fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.
  • Examine treats for choking hazards before allowing them to be consumed.
  • Limit the amount of sugary and sticky candies consumed.
  • Drink more water and brush and floss after consuming sugary treats to control the formation of decay-causing bacteria and plaque and prevent the onset of tooth.

For more information about staying safe and healthy this Halloween season visit the ADPH website. 

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