Halloween is right around the corner! It’s that time of the year where children can’t wait to dress up and go door-to-door for free goodies and ghoulish delights! It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of the holiday that sometimes safety seems to take a back-seat. Make sure your little trick-or-treater stays safe this Halloween by following these simple safety tips:
1. Trick-or-Treat before the sun goes down.
What’s the most popular costume color at Halloween? Black. What’s the color hardest to see when the sun goes down? BLACK! Don’t think for one minute that every driver is paying attention or is looking for kids on Halloween. Plus, with all the costumes and dimly lit areas, it can be extremely difficult to keep your kids in sight. Having children trick-or-treat before the sun goes down ensures two things: you’ll be able to keep a better eye on your kids in their excitement to get from one house to another, and drivers will better see them should they go darting across the street.
2. Use reflective tape or glow-stick accessories
You can make your kids reflective and better seen without “ruining” their costumes. Using simple reflective tape in select areas of a child’s costume can actually enhance the look of their costumes. Be liberal when applying to the backside of your kids – they can’t see the tape, but you’ll be able to see them light up like a Christmas tree from behind, making them easier to find in a sea of trick-or-treaters.
3. Use hypoallergenic face paint instead of masks
Masks can make it very difficult for children to see their feet, stairs, or any other tripping hazards. Use face paint to make sure they can see YOU, as well as the stairs they’re climbing. If a mask must be worn, make sure it fits properly and trim the eye sockets to clear the field of vision if need be.
4. ALWAYS make sure an adult is present
Make sure an adult is present with your child at all times, and never more than a few feet away. Pay attention to your surroundings and any other adults or vehicles that may be acting suspiciously. If an emergency arises, then there is an adult present to care for your child and get the proper help.
5. Watch for cars…and darting children
Make sure your child knows not to cross the street without you, and remind them to look both ways before doing so. Drivers don’t always pay attention, and kids get so caught up in the excitement of receiving free candy that they forget to look before crossing the street. The same goes for drivers – if you’re going to be in the car watching your trick-or-treater, then make sure you stay alert for darting children.
6. Hem or safety-pin extra long costumes
Keep your kids from tripping by pinning up their extra long costumes. A scrapped knee or bloody nose from a sudden fall or face plant is no fun.
7. Teach kids not to go up to houses without porch lights
The etiquette for years has been that if a house has the porch light on, then the house welcomes trick-or-treaters. Do not approach houses if the porch light isn’t on. You don’t want to risk the wrath of McGrumpy or have some grouchy neighbor call the cops.
8. INSPECT EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF CANDY
We live in a sick world – so inspect every single piece of candy your child receives. If it’s open or looks like it may have been tampered with in any way, throw it out. It’s always better to be safe now than sorry later.
9. Attend a Harvest Festival
When people think of trick-or-treating, church isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, Harvest Festivals, or Truck-or-Treats can be great places for small children. They’re well lit areas, your child can run around from one station to another without having to worry about traffic, and with the smaller space for trick-or-treating you’ll have an easier time keeping your eye on your child.
Have a SAFE and fun-filled Halloween!
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