Safety Essentials for Trick-or-Treaters This Halloween
Parents, it’s time for some last-minute Halloween safety prep!
Kids love Halloween night with the free candy, dressing up in costumes, and enjoying a night with their friends, it’s easy enough to forget about precautions. Safety measures often fall by the wayside during the midst of selecting a costume, trick-or-treating, and enjoying sweets! However, parents, while Halloween is all fun and games, you don’t want to end up with a mishap or kid catastrophe on the night.
Parents, ensure the safety of your children with these safety steps:
- Opt for face paints: Masks can obstruct your child’s breathing, and make it hard to see oncoming traffic or backing up vehicles. Choose non-toxic face paints instead.
- Fitting costume: Choose a bright colored costume to make your child more visible in the dark, that there is no dragging material that could cause trips, and that all props are flexible and soft!
- Illuminate the way: Add reflective tape to their bag or costume, and insist that your child carry a flashlight during the dark night. Add caution tape around the flashlight handle so that it fits with their costume!
- Adult advisory: Any child under 12 should be accompanied by an adult whilst trick-or-treating. If your child is over 12 years of age, establish a pre-planned walking route and a curfew.
- Walk the talk: Remind your child of road safety like looking left, right, left again before crossing the street, walking on sidewalks at all times, and crossing busy roads as designated crosswalks only.
- Candy police: Inspect all candy before allowing your children to eat it. If your child is particularly excited, unwrap a few sweets for them so that they don’t choke on the casing.