Halloween is a fun time to play dress up while collecting those delectable treats. We want to wish you a very spooky, but also safe Halloween this year, by providing a few safety tips before your little trick-or-treaters hit the streets.
- Put the distractions away – not just children, but parents too should put down their smartphones and music players to eliminate distractions while trick-or-treating. This allows everyone to keep their heads up, and enjoy the time out and about, while decreasing your chances of an accident. Parents should also keep their head up to keep an eye on young children, since they may wander off easily with excitement.
- Wearing safe costumes – light-colored costumes are the best for prime visibility of your child as it gets dark. Parents can also use reflective tape, flashlights or glow sticks for a celebratory way to stay safe. Costumes shouldn’t obstruct the child’s ability to see, which can be a problem with masks, wigs and hats. Face paint is a good way to contribute to a costume while still allowing full peripheral vision. Also, make sure that costumes, wigs and accessories have a fire-resistant label to eliminate that danger throughout the night.
- Walk, don’t run – Halloween is a really exciting time for children, but it is advised children walk and not run, especially across streets. As a parent, make sure your child crosses streets at the corners, or in crosswalks to avoid any sudden car accidents. If there is no sidewalk where you are trick-or-treating, walk facing traffic, as far away from the road as possible.
- Neighborhood rules – Make sure you instruct your kids to only go to homes with a porch light on. When the porch light is off, it means the person is either not home, or aren’t handing out candy. It’s also important to address never to enter a home or car for the treats.
Finally, it’s also important to inspect those delicious treats your children received just in case. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and with these tips, you and your child will have a wonderfully safe and happy Halloween!