Halloween is an exciting time for children, but it can be a stressful time for parents. Alleviating your worry will help you enjoy the holiday, too! Here are some Halloween safety tips to help keep your kids safe over the holiday.
1. Adult Supervision
Don’t allow young children to trick-or-treat by themselves, even if they go in a group. Consider connecting with your children’s friends’ parents to coordinate trick-or-treating. Traveling in groups is safer for everyone. A group is more visible and safe than individuals. Trick-or-treating with friends will also be more fun for your kids.
Keep cell phones available in case of emergencies, but don’t allow yourself to get distracted by them. Use them only for quick pictures and emergency communication.
2. Safe Costumes
Pick out costumes in bright colors for your children to maximize visibility. Ensure that all costumes fit well and won’t present tripping hazards. Masks can limit sight, so consider using face paint instead. Ensure face paint is safe by testing on a patch of skin prior to use.
3. Stay Out of the Street
Ensure that the entire group only walks on sidewalks or pathways. Cross streets only when necessary and make sure everyone crosses in a cohesive group. Check both sides of the road carefully before allowing anyone to cross.
4. Check Candy
When you return home, you must check through their candy before allowing your child to consume it. Discard anything that isn’t sealed, may present a choking hazard, or is homemade.
Stressing over your children’s safety will limit your enjoyment of the holiday. You can prevent accidents from occurring through vigilance and preparation. Have a safe and happy Halloween!