Our Top Halloween Safety Tips
Will your little ones be heading out to trick-or-treat next week? Of course, it is always a balancing act between letting your kids have fun and making sure they stay safe. But by taking a few extra precautions and talking to them before they start all the Halloween fun, you can help prevent accidents or injuries.
Here are a few trick-or-treat safety tips that will help keep your kids safe, while having Halloween fun:
Before heading out:
- Pick costumes that will be seen by motorists. If the costume doesn’t have any reflective qualities, you can decorate it with reflective tape that will glow in a car’s beams, or have them wear glow stick necklaces. Another idea is to add reflective tape to their trick-or-treat bag or bucket.
- Make sure that kids can see out of masks so they don’t trip or fall. You may want to use make-up rather than a plastic mask while they are out walking around.
- Look for flame resistant costumes.
- Give kids a flashlight to use where they are going and help them be seen by passing cars.
While getting treats:
- Travel in groups for safety. For young kids, having an adult with them to help supervise and make sure they visit safe homes is best.
- Make sure your kids understand pedestrian laws. Staying on sidewalks, walking (instead of running) from home to home, and watching for cars when crossing the street are all good reminders for your kids.
- Stay in well populated areas (stay away from alleys, fields, etc.).
- Only visit homes where trick-or-treating is welcome (outside light is on).
- Remind your kids that they should not go into a stranger’s home, car, or any place else unless accompanied by an adult.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, children shouldn’t eat any treats before an adult carefully examines them. I have to agree with this tip, and if you have kids (like mine) that want to eat some candy while out and about, take along some of your own candy that you know is safe or only visit those houses in which you know the residents.
Do you have other Trick-or-Treat safety tips I should have added? What did I miss?