Halloween is a week away, and if you’ve got kids in the neighborhood there are some thing you can do to ensure everyone has a great time and stays safe. Whether you’re taking the kids out to Trick or Treat, or you’re staying at home to hand out the treats, these tips for a safe Halloween can be helpful.
Tips for a Safe Halloween
For the Trick or Treaters
Make sure any costumes including wigs, masks, gloves and capes are fire resistant. Consider putting reflective tape on costumes if children will be out after dark. Make sure masks don’t obstruct the child’s view. You may want to consider using face paint instead of a mask that could make it difficult to see. Be sure to text face paint before the evening in case of allergic reaction or irritation.
House to House
If your children are younger, an adult should accompany them on their route. If children are older and responsible enough, make sure you know which houses they will be visiting. Have them bring their cell phone and instruct them to call or text you if they need you. Also instruct them to answer their phone if you call them. Choose a time for them to be home and have them stick to it. Remind them to never enter a stranger’s home or car and to Trick or Treat in well lit areas.
If you’re giving out candy there are several things you can do to make sure your visitors are safe, as well. Be sure to light the area where you want them to visit. Clear the steps or walkway from any debris or items that a child or adult could trip over. Consider offering nut free candy or non food items like pencils, erasers, and other small toys for children with food allergies. You can even put a teal pumpkin outside to signify nut free options. To learn more click here to visit the Teal Pumpkin Project.
If you’re driving Halloween night you’ll want to be extra cautious. Slow down – children will be walking around in the dark, wearing dark costumes. It can be extremely difficult to see them. Don’t drink and drive and if you’re new to driving you might want to wait until the next day to drive.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!