11 Oct Top Halloween Safety Tips For Families and Tots
Chances are good that your kids are already getting excited about the prospect of Halloween. Even our youngest ones only need one experience of the joy of Halloween – the costumes, the candy, and the parties – to mark it as one of the best days of the year.
However, Halloween can pose significant fears for parents for a variety of reasons: food allergies, road safety, predator danger, scary decorations, and much more.
Your worries are not groundless. According to www.safekids.org, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on any other night of the year.
Vigilant parents do well to be extra safe on Halloween and not just trust to everyone on the road to keep your kids safe.
Halloween Safety Tips
There are ways to minimize your kids’ exposure to danger on this most-fun night. Read on to get some great tips to maximize fun and safety and to put your parent’s heart at ease.
Costume Choice 101
While you are worried about motorists, your child could be putting himself in danger with an ill-fitting or too-dark costume.
If you aren’t able to plan a costume that is bright on its own, you can always apply reflective tape to the back and to the trick or treat bag. There are glow-in-the-dark pumpkins and trick or treat buckets available in stores as well.
Use your best discernment when making or buying a costume that might be loose, drag or have sharp weapons as accessories. It’s always a good idea to take a stroller or wagon along on the trip to hold those swords, wands, and axes when your little ones are more focused on getting candy. A dragging costume or sharp prop can cause injuries when your children inevitably run from house to house.
Masks are best used for pictures. Then, leave them at home for the main event as they can often be constricting and obstruct your child’s vision and awareness of potential dangers. Non-toxic face paint can often be more satisfying to your child as the finishing touch to her costume. Just make sure you test a patch of skin for allergic reactions a few days beforehand with the paint.
Non-flammable costumes are, of course, the best way to ensure all that extra fabric doesn’t interact with your neighbor’s jack-o-lantern.
The good news is that food or candy tampering is very rare. You might eschew the home-made treat your kindly neighbor gave out for good measure. However, you likely don’t need to fear the items given out.
The bad news is that, while it’s an excellent community bonding experience, trick-or-treating exposes kids to cars on the road. Use your common sense and remember these Halloween safety tips:
- Talk as a family or group beforehand about where you will go and who is in charge of each group. An adult should accompany all small children. Children old enough to be out alone should travel as a group and follow an agreed-upon route with a strict end-time.
- Come up with a plan for how to reunite if you get separated and carry charged cell phones during your outing.
- Discourage the most excited and fastest runners from running ahead. Even a cautious child may become too bold when crossing the street because of the change in the atmosphere.
- Think about potential danger areas: roadways, medians, curbs, and entrances to driveways and alleys. Make sure your children know to watch for these areas as well.
- Don’t assume that motorists are protecting your right-of-way as a pedestrian. Only cross on the crosswalk and wait for any cars that aren’t actively stopping for your party.
- Review with your children how to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency or if they get separated from your party.
We hope this Halloween is fun and safe for everyone! In addition to the school parties, trick or treat times, and fall costume festivals, Halloween night should be a bonding experience for families and neighbors. By following these Halloween safety tips, you will be able to make sure of it.