Halloween Safety – October 2010

Halloween is approaching!  There are some simple safety steps you can take to ensure that your family has a safe and fun holiday.

According to Samantha Stern, training and development director at Ebenezer Child Care Centers, “It’s important for parents to be aware of the possible dangers of selecting costumes, carving pumpkins, and trick-or-treating, so accidents can be avoided and everyone can enjoy Halloween.”

Selecting Costumes

All children get excited about picking out the perfect costume for Halloween.  However, Stern recommends that you exercise parental discretion when selecting costumes.

“Make sure you pick flame retardant costumes, and ones that allow your children to see clearly and walk freely without restraint, says Stern.  “If your children will be trick-or-treating at night, consider purchasing costumes that are brightly-colored, and be thoughtful of the weather.  While princess and fairy costumes are always a preference for little girls, they aren’t very practical for Wisconsin’s weather.”

Carving Pumpkins

   Stern advises that you should never allow children to carve jack-o-lanterns without supervision and assistance.  She also suggests that, instead of using a knife, you purchase a pumpkin carving tool which is less dangerous and available at most convenience stores.

When you have the pulp and seeds of the pumpkin removed, throw them away immediately to avoid a choking hazard.  Finally, never allow your children to light their jack-o-lanterns, and always make sure that they are set in places that are not near flammables or little hands.


Stern says that you should never allow children to trick-or-treat alone. You also want to make sure that your children only walk on sidewalks and in driveways, and that they only visit homes where the lights are on. It’s also a good idea to carry flashlights.

“Always go trick-or-treating with your children, and make sure that you inspect all candy for tampering and for any items that are unwrapped, prior to allowing your children to eat it,” says Stern.  “If your children are under the age of 5, also take a moment to remove all candy that could pose a choking hazard.”

Ebenezer Child Care Centers will be hosting a FREE Family Fun Night on “Halloween Safety” on Tuesday, October 19, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Ebenezer’s Oak Creek Child Care Center located at 220 West Forest Hill Avenue, Oak Creek. Everyone wants to have a safe and happy Halloween for themselves, their guests, and their children. Using safety tips and some common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween season, keeping it as enjoyable for your kids as it is for you! Come to our October Family Fun Night to learn lots of simple ways to keep everyone safe on Halloween, when accidents and injuries are more likely to occur. Activities for this Family Fun Night will include making handprint ghosts, creating paper plate jack-o-lanterns, and playing with orange playdough and Halloween cookie cutters. In addition to the activities, you will have the opportunity to enjoy dinner on us!  Registration is required. Please call Ebenezer Child Care Center’s main office at 414-643-5070 to register.

    Ebenezer Child Care Centers is a not-for-profit, locally-based agency committed to providing early childhood programs from the heart.

The agency prides itself on being different from other child care providers in that it offers a home-like atmosphere, individualized, nurturing care, and a structured curriculum that is virtues-based for every child’s developmental stage.

Every Ebenezer Child Care Center focuses on all aspects of a child’s development:  cognitive, physical, emotional, and social. In addition to providing quality care, the agency also offers a variety of free Family Fun Nights and other educational programming all aimed at helping parents.

The agency has locations in downtown Milwaukee, on Milwaukee’s southside, and in Greenfield, Mequon, Oak Creek, and Wauwatosa. The agency’s main office is located at 1496 South 29th Street, Milwaukee. For more information, please call 414-643-5070 or visit the agency’s website at https://www.ebenezerchildcare.com/.