Halloween can be scary — that’s part of the fun! But Halloween safety is not about watching out for monsters or zombies. These 5 tips will help you keep kids safe for Halloween.
Watch the traffic
Kids are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than on a normal day. To keep kids safe, go with them when they trick or treat and make sure costumes have some reflective elements so drivers can see kids in the dusk or dark. Glow sticks or flashlights help, too. Remind kids to cross the street at the corner and to look both ways before they cross.
Think about costume safety
Kids want the coolest costumes, but be sure to think about safety when you make the choice. Kids should be able to see clearly and to walk without tripping and falling. Face paints are a better choice than masks, and pay attention to the length of a costume, especially if it involves a robe or a dress.
Check out the goodies
Teach kids to wait and allow an adult to check their candy before eating it. Generally speaking, they should stick to commercially wrapped items that show no signs of tampering. Halloween safety may not be top of mind for kids, so make sure they eat before they go out — it’ll be easier for them to wait if they’re not hungry.
Be aware of allergies
While you’re checking for the safety of treats, be aware of allergies. If your kids are allergic to nuts or other common substances, check the wrappers of all their loot before you let them eat.
Remind kids of the rules
Children know that they shouldn’t go into a stranger’s house, pets strange dogs, or accept a ride from a stranger. In the excitement of Halloween night, however, they might forget. Review the rules before your kids leave the house. Remind kids to stay with their group, and make a plan in case you get separated. For example, choose a meeting place where you will all go at a specific time and make sure you haven’t lost any members of your group. Count noses occasionally, especially if you’re out after dark.
A little bit of planning ahead will ensure a safe and fun Halloween.