First aid: Preventing Halloween horrors

Like it or not; Halloween has now become a major event and excitement in the UK. Our family have always had great fun and it is really special to dress up, go out in the dark and be rewarded by bucket loads of gooey sweets. However please be careful as Halloween is not without its dangers!

Trick or Treat should start with basic ground rules: if someone has a pumpkin and Halloween paraphernalia outside their house then it is fair game to knock on their door – if not please respect their privacy and leave them alone.



Groups of teenagers have an amazing time marauding together, however without meaning to, they can appear quite intimidating.

Please supervise children and talk to them about Trick or Treat – they should be polite and be sensitive to elderly people, those with tiny children and others who really don’t like the whole idea of it and find it worrying and frightening.

Fancy dress costumes are not always the warmest things to wear and are definitely not waterproof – wear warm clothes underneath, take a waterproof and be very careful not to get too cold.

Small children can get very frightened by over exuberant teenagers and OTT Halloween scariness. Always hold their hands and be ready in case they panic and run if something suddenly scares them. Often people are Trick or Treating alongside busy roads and a panicked child could easily get hit by a car.

Be aware that the sweets being offered may not be the freshest, most hygienic and will definitely not have been screened for anyone with a nut allergy!

Pumpkins with candles in have a naked flame and Halloween costumes could be flammable – please be very careful. Also take care when preparing a pumpkin and cutting out the fiddly parts as it is really easy to cut yourself.

Enjoy the evening, be sensitive to others and please above all – keep safe!
First Aid for Life provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid for Life is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information. It is strongly advised that you attend a practical First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency.



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