Halloween is rolling around once again, and that means a lot of things! It means candy apples, it means trick or treaters, and it means amazing costumes. Not long after that, you’ll be lighting bonfires and setting off explosions in the sky… it’s all a lot of good fun! But with all that in mind, Halloween also brings with it a few potential safety hazards. In this post, we’re going to consider what those are and look at some of the best Halloween home safety tips that everyone should consider to keep themselves and their families safe from anything really scary.

Halloween Home Safety Tips

There be Ghosts and Ghouls!

For the most part, trick or treat is a whole lot of fun; with young kids donning amazing costumes, that have mainly been made by their parents, and going door-to-door. The worst ‘trick’ you might expect to encounter in these cases is a bit of silly string on your door handle!

But while this is the spirit in which Halloween is meant to be enjoyed, the truth is that many people will take it too far. For some members of the population, Halloween is an excuse to act in an antisocial manner while covering their faces. It can also mean a LOT of people out on the streets who wouldn’t normally be.

For that reason, it’s a good idea not to let your kids go out trick or treating on their own/past 7 pm. Likewise, if you are elderly or otherwise nervous about large groups – proceed with caution.

Consider an Intercom

This is also why it can be a good idea to get an intercom. You might hear a buzz at your door and assume it’s the neighbor’s kids, only to find out that it’s a bunch of much older ghouls that are interested in giving you a far more real fright.

The good thing about having a video intercom is that it will allow you to see who is at the door before you go and

Fire Hazards

We tend to think of bonfire night as being the most hazardous in terms of fire risks. However, it’s also true that there are a whole lot of candles being lit on any typical Halloween. This can add a whole lot to the spooky ambiance you’re trying to create, but it also introduces a few new risks.

Make sure that you keep track of how many candles you are lighting and always be sure to blow them all out before bed. Be careful when lighting, and make sure that you keep them away from anything flammable (think curtains). Likewise, make sure that the candles are far away from any high traffic areas in your home – this is especially important seeing as many people are likely to be wearing big, cumbersome costumes that knock everything over!

Halloween home safety tips to consider to include switching to electric candles to avoid the issue altogether!

Costumes

Costumes are a lot of fun for the most part, but they can present their own concerns! The biggest of these comes from the fact that some Halloween costumes are cheaply made. As a result, manufacturers tend to use highly flammable materials. This can be a real risk when combined with the aforementioned larger-than-normal number of candles around! The solution? Spend that little bit extra and always check for the fire retardant symbol before you buy!

Likewise, it’s a good idea to consider any potential allergies that could occur from costumes or face paints. Not to mention the potential reactions to chemicals used in latex, cheap plastics, and other materials! Then there are the choking hazards…

In short, while it’s a lot of fun to play dress-up, it’s also important to think practically before you commit to a particular costume design!

Candies

Just as you might want to be cautious of those people coming to your door, you should also proceed with a little caution when knocking at doors. Not only does this present a stranger danger risk for kids, but it can also be a problem when it comes to candies. In particular, you need to consider any potential allergies your children may have. If they do have a nut allergy or similar, then make sure that you give them a clear sign so that everyone is aware.

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