Calendar of observances
Halloween Safety Month
- Avoid costumes that block vision – Masks can obstruct a child's vision. If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.
- Use make-up safely – If you decide to disguise your child with makeup instead of a mask, use hypo-allergenic options and keep all makeup away from the eyes. Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.
- Don't allow sharp objects to be used as props – Sharp, pointed props can endanger your child's eyes as well as the eyes of other children.
- Follow guidelines for wearing decorative contact lenses – Never buy cosmetic contact lenses without a prescription from an eye care professional. If not used safely, contact lenses can lead to vision loss.
- Carry a flashlight – Flashlights will help children see better and be seen more clearly.
- Make sure costumes are reflective – You want your child to be seen, especially crossing streets in the dark. Use reflective tape for increased visibility and choose brightly colored costumes.
- Increase visibility for your little visitors – Check outdoor lights, and replace burned-out bulbs.
For more safety tips, visit the following links:
Prevent Blindness – Halloween Safety Tips
Safe Kids Worldwide
National Safety Council
American Academy of Ophthalmology
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention