Halloween is an exciting time in our house. With all the decorations, candy, and costumes how can you not have fun?
And who doesn’t love Fall? Am I right?
With three young kids, Halloween is always a blast for us. This year Grace is dressing up as Lilo (her best friend will be Stitch), Liam is Harry Potter, and Cate is going as Georgie from IT (she’s feeling a little morbid this year).
But as fun as the holiday is, Halloween can also be dangerous. You hear stories on the news every year about little kids being hurt or lost while trick or treating, and no one wants that to happen to their child.
But if you follow these simple Halloween safety tips you can be sure that everyone will make it home safe and sound.
Trick Or Treating Safety Tips
- Avoid masks that could obstruct a child’s view. They need to be able to see an obstacle in front of them or a car headed towards them. If possible, use face paint instead of a mask. They’ll still look cool and they’ll be able to see too.
- If using face paint, test it in a small area first. If any redness or irritation occur it could be the sign of an allergic reaction.
- When choosing a costume, wig, and other accessories, look for a label that clearly says they are fire resistant.
- Make sure costumes fit well. If a costume is too big and drags on the ground it could become a tripping hazard.
- Choose light colors whenever possible. If your little one insists on being Darth Vader or Kylo Ren make sure to decorate his bag with light colors and reflective tape or stickers.
- Younger children should never be left unsupervised. Older kids should stick to well-lit and familiar areas. Make sure they have the smartphone with them so you can reach them when needed and set a firm time when they are expected to be home for the night.
- Stay together. If you’re trick or treating in a group, make sure the kids travel together and don’t run ahead of the pack.
- Always know exactly how many kids are in your group and do a quick head count every few minutes to make sure no one is left behind.
- It’s a good idea to take a group picture that you can refer to later if you need to find someone.
- Bring a small flashlight (like this one) or some glow sticks to light the way when it starts getting dark. This will also help drivers see them.
- Teach kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing, never assume a driver sees you. His mind could be elsewhere or he could be looking down at his phone or adjusting the radio.
- Watch out for cars backing out of driveways or turning onto the street. Always cross the street at corners and use crosswalks. Never let kids cross the street alone or run out between parked cars.
- Keep an eye out for any obstacles or decorations that could be a tripping hazard.
- Children should never enter someone’s house or car to get candy or treats.
- With lots of kids running around after dark, many creeps decide to do the same. Be alert for anyone that looks suspicious or up to no good.
- If anyone in the group has allergies, make sure to keep an EpiPen on hand in case of emergency.
Halloween Safety Tips For Drivers
- When driving, go extra slow and be especially alert in residential areas. Watch out for kids darting out into the street without warning or popping out from between parked cars. Halloween is exciting for kids and they can be unpredictable.
- Take extra time at intersections and when turning. Be sure to use your turn signals and keep a close eye out for kids near the curb or median.
- Never assume that a child will see you coming. They’re mind is more on fun and candy than looking out for cars headed their way.
- Eliminate distractions in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
Around The House
- Don’t let kids carve pumpkins themselves. They can draw the design, but a responsible adult should do the carving for them.
- Use a flashlight or glow sticks instead of a candle to light your pumpkin.
- Make sure outdoor lights are working and remove any obstacles that a trick or treater could trip over.
- Clear your sidewalk of wet leaves and anything else that could cause a fall.
- Halloween is a stressful time for pets. The doorbell keeps ringing and all these strange looking creatures keep coming to the door. Pets don’t understand trick or treating so keep them restrained so they don’t run outside, jump on someone, or bite a child.
- Don’t let the kids eat anything that looks homemade or isn’t in its original wrapper. Be sure to thoroughly examine everything before your child eats anything.
- Avoid lighting outdoor candles or fire pits that could be tipped over or bumped into by a trick or treater.
These Halloween safety tips are all pretty simple and common sense, but so many people fail to follow them and end up getting hurt. Make sure you review them carefully with your kids before heading out and you can be sure they’ll come home safe and sound.