Halloween is the only night of the year when your little monster can dress as his true self. As your child is walking door to door in their T-Rex or Fairytale Princess costumes, collecting candy and rehashing their Halloween phrases, it’s important for them to have safety in the back of their mind. According to the Center for Disease and Control, injuries and accidents tend to increase on the October 31 holiday season, and even if you live in a safe neighborhood, it’s important to keep your little trick-or-treaters safe and sound. Review these Halloween safety tips for safer trick-or-treating.
- Careful Costume Picks
Many parents don’t consider the safety aspect of their child’s Halloween costume. Safe costumes are those that do not drag on the ground or make it difficult for your child to see or hear his surroundings. Ensure that your little trick-or-treater’s costume fits well, and that he is wearing sturdy shoes. Think practical over stylish. Plan accordingly for cold weather, leaving enough room under the costume for extra layers if needed. Masks should have adequate eye and mouth holes, or opt for no mask at all. Face paint for young children should be non-toxic, and facial accessories like a witch’s nose or fake teeth should not affect the child’s breathing. Finally, be sure that your child’s costume is bathroom-friendly, just in case he needs to make a pit stop along the way.
- Setting Ground Rules
Parents must set and go over ground rules before leaving the house for trick-or-treating. Even if you plan to trick-or-treat in a familiar area with people you know, it may be dark and obstacles such as groups of people or vehicles may obstruct your child’s walking area. To avoid injury, plan a route for the adults and children in your trick-or-treating group to follow. Ensure that each child in the group knows the ground rules before setting off. Children should always walk from house to house, not run or cut across yards or streets on their own. It’s also important for young trick-or-treaters to stay close to their parents or guardians, look both ways when crossing the street, and not wander off no matter what. Once the candy has been collected, mom and dad should inspect it before allowing their children to dig in.
- Keep Children Visible
It can be easy to lose track of a little trick-or-treater when there are five children on your street wearing the same costume. First, remember that there is safety in numbers, and if you take your eyes off of your child for a moment, have another adult present to keep the kids in check. Children should also remain visible by wearing bright colored costumes or reflective tape. Since its Halloween, kids can also carry lighted necklaces, glow sticks, or flashlights. As your child goes up to each door to trick-or-treat, ensure that your child does not go inside anyone’s house. Small children should also be taught to say “no” to strangers who offer them a ride or to go inside their home.
Halloween safety is an important factor that is often overlooked by excited children looking to collect as much candy as they can in a little amount of time. By following these Halloween safety tips, you can drastically reduce your child’s chances of injury or other problems on All Hallows’ Eve.