Trick or Treating night is one of the most exciting times of the year for children. As parents, make sure they have a spooky time and stay safe with these Halloween Night Safety Tips.
-Go With a Group
Children under the age of 13 should always stay with an adult to supervise. How about rounding up a group of kids and trick or treating together? This way children can be with friends and stay safer at the same time. It can be tempting to stay home and let kids roam the neighborhood by themselves on Halloween. Remember, more children get injured on Halloween by the excitement of things and forget basic safety rules. Stay with your children to ensure they have fun and use caution at the same time.
-Take Your Cell Phone
Don’t forget to grab your cell phone, not only in case of emergency but then you can capture the fun moments with quick pictures along the way. Children who have cell phones, or teens, should always carry them along as well. Walkie-talkies might be a good idea if your children don’t have phones yet and you need to stay in touch.
-Wear Safe Colors
Even on Halloween night, wearing all black can make you invisible to vehicles on the road. Choose brighter colored costumes or accents to make sure you are plainly seen. Use reflective tape to stick onto your child’s treat or treating bag or the back of their costume if they are wearing a darker color. Glow sticks are a great, inexpensive way to make sure they shine brightly on Halloween night.
-Obey Traffic Rules and Stay on Sidewalks
It can be so tempting for children to think they own the streets on Halloween night. Many of them dart across for their next piece of candy with no thought of oncoming traffic. Talk to your kids beforehand about remembering basic road rules. Use sidewalks whenever they are provided. Use crosswalks or check carefully before crossing the street. If there is not a sidewalk provided for you, walk along the side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
-Costume Safety is Important
When choosing your child’s spookiest costume this Halloween, make sure that they won’t be wearing anything that puts them at risk. Tripping, catching a flame or not being able to see through a large mask can sometimes make a child fall behind, or get injured. Masks need to fit properly and have enough open space for children to clearly see. Makeup is a good option instead of large masks or hoods. All costumes and accessories, such as wigs or hoods should clearly state if they are flame retardant. Don’t let your child have weapons or sharp objects as props. They could easily injure themselves or others in the excitement of the night or if they get spooked!
-Candy Safety is Always Important
Go through your child’s candy bag and remove any items that may be opened or look homemade. Make sure candy is age appropriate for small children, by removing hard candy or choking hazards.
-Jack O Lantern Safety
At home, have children draw a face on their pumpkin with a sharpie. Then, a responsible adult can carve out the pumpkin the way they would like. Try painting your pumpkin instead, or using props to poke a face onto it. Make sure you use artificial flames to light your pumpkin that are battery operated. Glow sticks work well, too, and you can use a variety of colors to make it look extra eery.
-Be Alert While Driving
Stay extra cautious while you are operating any vehicles on Halloween night. Be aware that children are everywhere and sometimes not thinking about traffic rules. Drive extra slowly through neighborhoods and along the street with children on the sidewalks.