Halloween is a fun and exciting holiday for kids, many kids look forward to Halloween throughout the year! However, with this fun holiday comes increased likelihood of accidents, so it’s important to prioritize safety. Here are some Halloween safety tips for kids and their parents.
Make sure, when choosing a costume, to find one that is the correct size. This will prevent your child from tripping or falling over their costume. If the costume has a mask, make sure your child is able to see clearly. Check facepaint before the day of the holiday, to make sure your child’s skin doesn’t have a reaction to the facepaint.
Many Halloween costumes can have dark colors, making it difficult for children to be seen at night. Choose a lighter colored costume, or add some reflective tape to different areas of your child’s costume. This can help you keep track of your child, as well as making your child more visible to motorists.
Use Sidewalks and Crosswalks
Don’t forget to follow traffic safety rules! In the excitement of the holiday, many children forget to follow safety rules they use daily. Do a quick refresher before heading out to Trick-Or-Treat. Make sure your child knows to cross the street at corners, and to use traffic signals and crosswalks, when available. Help your child to know to make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
Be Cautious around Strangers
Remind your child to be cautious around adults or strangers they do not know. Talk about not accepting rides from people they do not know, never entering a stranger's home, and trying to stick to well lit homes.
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While there are many urban legends of candy tampering, it never hurts to be safe. Look over your children’s candy before letting them enjoy a treat. Remove treats that aren’t age appropriate, like choking hazards for young toddlers. If your child has food allergies, make sure to check their candy for any treats containing ingredients that could cause a reaction.
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Plan a Route
If your child is going Trick-Or-Treating without you, make sure you plan and review the route they will take. Talk about what time you expect your child to return home. Send a flashlight they can use for when it gets dark. Remind your child to stick with their group, and to have a buddy within the group in case they are separated from the group.
While you never want an emergency to happen. Make sure your child knows how to call 911 in an emergency. Ensure your child knows how to contact you or has your number memorized in case you are separated.
Remember that Halloween is a time to have fun! While there are higher risks of pedestrian injuries at this time of year, you can still enjoy the holiday by taking the right precautions and talking with your child about how to stay safe! Have a fun time out there! Happy Halloween!