Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips
Halloween is one of the biggest events of the year. While there is plenty of fun and excitement, taking precaution to lower the risk of accidents and injuries should be at the top of the list. Whether it's for you or your kiddos, here are some Halloween safety tips to consider when trick-or-treating this year.
1. Foolproof Your Kids' Costumes
Make sure your kids' Halloween costumes are bright and made from reflective materials that can be easily spotted by motorists and passersby. Shorter costumes are easier to work with and prevent tripping or tangling. When shopping for costumes or accessories, be sure to pick ones that are flame resistant and always pair them with comfortable shoes ideal for walking long distances.
2. Choose Accessories Wisely
All wigs and additional Halloween accessories should be fire-resistant and not sharp or long. Ensure that you test out any makeup before putting it on your child to avoid skin irritation or allergic reactions. You can also add reflective tape to your kid’s getup for better visibility.
3. Lay Down Some Ground Rules
Your kids should have a clear list of dos and don'ts before they set out on their adventure. Ask them to travel in groups through well-lit areas, never enter a stranger's house and not to eat any candy until they are back in their own home. It's always a better for an adult to accompany younger children and to provide everyone with powerful flashlights. Review the pre-determined route with your youngsters and fix a curfew so that everyone gets back on time.
4. Be Aware When Driving
As a motorist, you need to be aware of your surroundings on Halloween, especially when the sun goes down. Always enter and exit streets or driveways slowly, and don't drive too fast. Look out for kids on roadways and curbs, especially as they may be wearing dark clothing.
5. Safety Begins with Me
Keep your driveways and yards free from debris and remove any items that children could trip over and hurt themselves. Check all your outdoor lighting to make sure the path to your front door is clear and kids can easily access the porch.
6. Keep Halloween Healthy
Before or afterward, make sure your little ones enjoy a good, hearty meal. That way they won't eat too many sweets on an empty stomach. Once your kids are back home, sort out their candy bags to check for spoiled or suspicious looking candy. You should always toss out treats that aren't packaged or look opened.
When handing out treats, try to discard damaged packages or candy. You can even consider alternatives to candy like small toys, stickers or stylish pencils.
7. Stay in Touch
Older children who are going out with a group should always stay in contact with adults. Each child should carry a cell phone to check in occasionally with an adult or call 911 in case of emergency. Make sure your child has a form of identification or money in case of emergency too.