Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips
In just a few days your neighborhood streets will be filled with little ghosts and witches, princesses and pirates, and any other character you could possibly imagine. Halloween night is one of the best nights of the year for young children, but can also be dangerous. Take a look at these trick-or-treating safety tips before grabbing the jack-o-lantern bucket and heading out the door:
1. Bring light
The sun sets early on Halloween night, so make sure you and your children can be easily seen by drivers on the road. Apply reflective tape to your child’s costume or buy some glow sticks or necklaces for them to wear. It is also a good idea to bring a flashlight with you so you and your kids can see where you are walking and avoid tripping.
2. Use safe props
A pirate is not a pirate without a sword! While many costumes come along with fun props, make sure they are safe for your child to carry around while trick-or-treating. Avoid props that are sharp or heavy and instead use something made of rubber or plastic.
3. More Kids = More Adult Supervision
There’s nothing worse than getting separated with your child. Especially when she is dressed as a witch and you look around only to see everyone else is also a witch! If you think it is easy to lose your child in crowded areas, think about how hard it is when it is dark and everyone is in disguise. If you are taking a group of children trick-or-treating make sure you also have enough adults to keep an eye on everyone. A good ratio is to have one adult for every two children.
4. Avoid masks
Masks can make it difficult for children to see or breathe. If possible, try to use face paint and hats to complete the costume instead of a mask.
5. Check your child’s candy
For many kids, the best part of the night is dumping the candy all over the floor and digging through the pile of sweets shouting about all their favorites. Sort through the candy with your child and be sure to throw away any pieces that look to have been opened or not in its original wrapper. If you child has allergies, this is also the time to rid of anything they are unable to have.
Use these tips to stay safe while trick-or-treating, but above all have fun! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!