Though Halloween is often one
of the holidays that families look forward to throughout the year, it can be a more dangerous day than many people realize. Due to
an increased number of people out on the streets and in cars, it
becomes much easier for accidents to occur. From drunk driving to vandalism, there
are a number of things a parent or guardian may find themselves worrying about
when their children go out trick or treating. Fortunately, there are many
safety tips and preventative measures that you and your children can take to
help keep everyone safe on Halloween.
Safety Tips for You and Your
When it comes to keeping you,
your family, and your home safe on Halloween, there are actually a number of
actions and steps you can take. Some safety tips you should consider include:
- Make sure
an adult is accompanying younger children while out trick or treating. Use this opportunity to teach your children about looking left and right and listening before crossing the street. Only cross the street at corners and crosswalks.
- If your
kids are older and are going without an adult, make sure that they and you
know exactly where they are trick or treating. Map out a route with them. If the area in which they are going trick
or treating is further away, make sure they are driving there or have a
ride. It is usually best to choose a more populated area where a number of
people and adults will be trick or treating.
cautious about the type of costume your child wears. You want to make sure
that all materials are somewhat flame retardant, as kids will be around
lit pumpkins and other flammable items. You will also want to make sure
that their costume fits them appropriately, as something that is too
big/long on them could cause them to trip or have other, similar
- Warn your
kids to wait to eat their candy and goodies until they get home or around
an adult so the adult can check the items they have received. If you think
your kid cannot wait, make sure to be clear that they should only eat
candy that in pre-wrapped and could not have been opened and re-wrapped.
You can also make sure to provide your kids with a larger meal or snack
before trick or treating to fill them up.
reflective tape on your child's costume if they are wearing only dark
colors. Glow sticks are also a fun way to make your child seen by passers by.
- Try to
choose masks that won't obscure your child's vision or forgo masks
altogether by using makeup.
- As a driver, be extra cautious on Halloween. Take extra time to look for kids in intersections, medians and curbs.
Halloween is a holiday that
you, your friends, and your kids should enjoy without having to fear for your
safety and well being. Though there is nothing you can do to prevent other
people from acting carelessly or maliciously, you can take these and other
preventative measures to better ensure you and your loved ones' safety.