Halloween Safety Tips for Kids
Halloween is a kids’ dream come true: dressing up in fun costumes, roaming the neighborhood at night, and hoarding candy. Unfortunately, this fun atmosphere can mean danger in the darkened streets of even your own neighborhood. Here are some tips to make sure your kids and the little ones of others stay safe this Halloween.
Costume Safety and Visibility
Your child may be firm about what they want to be this Halloween, but a little creativity and attention goes a long way. Try to lean toward lighter colors for your child’s costume and, if you’re able, cover some surfaces with reflective tape so they will be more visible to motorists. You may also consider giving them glow-in-the dark objects to carry, and it’s super easy to incorporate these items into costumes; give your petite princess a necklace with flashing lights or your little pirate a glow-in-the-dark sword.
Also, make sure that your child’s costume isn’t overly long or loose, as ill-fitting costumes can cause tripping and lead to injury.
Although claims of poisoned candy or apples with razor blades may be overblown, it’s still a good idea to check your child’s candy for sanitary reasons or to make sure that all candy is age-appropriate (ie, hard candy may not be the best idea for littler ones) and doesn’t include any allergens that your trick-or-treater may have. It’s best to make sure that all candy appears to be in its original wrapper and unopened.
Navigating and Driving
Before Halloween night (or the night of your neighborhood’s designated trick-or-treat), plan a route for you and/or your kids. This will help you get a better sense of how long you will be walking (to avoid grumpy, sore, or tired kids) and make it far less likely that anyone will get lost.
Children under the age of 12 should always be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating, but if your child is old enough to go out by themselves, make sure to set a designated time and/or meeting place that night. Teach them to make sure to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street, make sure they know never to enter a stranger’s house, etc.
If you don’t have kids of your own or won’t be accompanying a little one on Halloween night, be sure to be extra careful while driving on October 31st, particularly between the hours of 5:30 and 9:30, prime trick-or-treating times. A little extra caution, especially in residential neighborhoods, can go a long way to prevent accidents and injuries with the increased number of vehicles and pedestrians on Halloween. Slow down, double-check intersections, and be especially careful entering and exiting driveways.