Trick or Treat? A Halloween Safety Quiz

Trick or Treat? A Halloween Safety Quiz

Simple tips for a healthy and happy Halloween

Candy and costumes and pumpkins, oh my! Halloween is one of the most fun nights of the year, but it’s also a time to make sure all the memories you make are happy ones. Take our quiz and make sure you know all of the ways to make your family’s night full of BOOs, not boo-boos.

1. It’s OK to purchase decorative contact lenses online or at a Halloween store.

A. True

B. False

False. The Food and Drug Administration (and multiple professional eye care organizations) advise against purchasing decorative contact lenses for Halloween anywhere other than from an eye care professional because it can lead to serious infections and eye disorders.

2. As a homeowner, it is important to prepare for Halloween by:

A. Making sure that all walkways and porches are well lit, allowing for trick-or-treaters to identify any potential hazards

B. Pick up any tools or yard debris, even if you are not anticipating any trick-or-treaters.

C. Spooky decorations can add to the charm and excitement of the holiday, but make sure that the pathway to and from your door is clearly marked, well-lit, and free of obstacles. Battery-powered light sources are safer than flames, which might catch fire to a passing costume

D. All of the above

D. All of the above. Make sure that the pathway to and from your door is clearly marked, well-lit, and free of obstacles. Decorative items and jack-o-lanterns should be a safe distance from crowds to prevent people from knocking them over or tripping on them. Remember, kids often run from house to house and they don't always stay on sidewalks, so, if you're setting up a display, make sure it is well lit and visible. And battery-powered light sources are safer than flames, which might catch fire to a passing costume, says the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

3. If your children get homemade treats from a house, what’s the best thing to do with them?

A.Tell your kids to eat them first so they don't go bad

B.Try them yourself and wait 24 hours to make sure they are OK

C.Give them to the dog

D.Throw them away

D. Throw them away. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children shouldn't eat homemade treats from strangers and instead should stick to factory-wrapped candy. The CDC also suggests parents inspect all treats for tears in the packaging, known allergens, and potential choking hazards before letting children eat them. We also recommend that after you inspect your child's Halloween candy, you treat yourself to a piece or two.

4. When choosing children’s costumes, you should look for which of the following?

A. Flame-retardant materials

B. A perfect fit

C. Brightly colored pieces

D. All of the above

D. All of the above. The Mayo Clinic recommends costumes and accessories that are visible, fit well and protect against burns. If you have a homemade costume, make sure the bottoms don't touch the ground while the child is standing and have them wear flat shoes. And to make kids more visible in headlights, put reflective or glow-in-the-dark tape on the back and front of their costumes and on their candy bags. Glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces are an extra way to make your kids stand out.

5. It’s fine for your kids to trick or treat in your neighborhood alone.

A. True

B. False


False. Children 12 and under, says Safe Kids Worldwide, should never go trick-or-treating alone, but instead with a group of kids and several responsible adults.

6. Which is a common type of injury on Halloween?

A. Eye injuries

B. Burns

C. Pedestrian injuries

D. All of the above

D. All of the above. Forget monsters, the real threat of Halloween injuries come from cars and costumes. Kids in streets + adults leaving Halloween parties = a dangerous combination. Parents should always supervise young children trick-or-treating to make sure their kids walk on the sidewalks and stop at intersections. Many costumes come with sharp objects like swords and canes, and children playing with these props may use them like toys, but they can result in serious eye injuries. Many costumes come with oversized sleeves, long capes, and wigs, but these pose a serious danger when they exposed to open flame (like a candle in a Jack-o-Lantern).

7. If there are no sidewalks in your neighborhood, the trick-or-treating group should do what?

A. Walk across your neighbors' yards

B. Split up and walk on both sides of the road

C. Stick to the left side of the road

D. Stay home and eat all of the candy you bought to give out

D. Stick to the left side of the road. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, trick-or-treaters should always walk on sidewalks or paths, but if there are none, they should walk as far to the left as possible and face oncoming traffic.

8. When it comes to your kids costumes, makeup is better than a mask.

A. True

B. False


True. While many costumes come with masks, but masks can make it hard for a child to breathe or see, which could lead them to trip or run into things. It is usually safer to paint your child’s face with high-quality, hypoallergenic makeup, says KidsHealth. But Halloween makeup can sometimes causes an allergic reaction: test it on a small patch of skin in advance to see if it triggers a reaction.

9. When kids over the age of 12 are going trick-or-treating by themselves, what should you instruct them to do?

A. Stay together in a group

B. Bring a cell phone for emergencies

C. Only walk on lit streets and visit houses with porch lights on

D. All of the above

D. All of the above. KidsHealth advises older kids to follow all of these safety measures and parents should make sure they know what route they will be taking before they set out, and that they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit. It’s also important to set a curfew so parents know when to expect their kids home.

10. Which of the following should NOT be done on Halloween?

A. Eat a healthy meal before trick-or-treating

B. Sort, ration and check treats at the end of the night

C. Put fresh batteries in your flashlights

D. Have pets greet trick-or-treaters at the door

D. Have pets greet trick-or-treaters at the door. Even if you have dressed your pet dressed in a fantastic costume and they have no history of aggression, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping all pets restrained and away from trick-or-treaters. Since kids are in costume and may be carrying accessories the pets are not familiar with, it may cause your pet fear or anxiety which could result in jumping or nipping at a child.