Halloween Safety Tips: A Parent's Guide to Getting through Trick-or-Treat
While your kids may look forward to Trick-or-Treat for months, it can be a bit of a tough evening for parents who are trying to balance the safety and comfort of their children with allowing them to kick back and have some traditional fun. With the following suggestions, you can have a safe and successful Halloween for both you and your kids.
5 Halloween Safety Tips to Keep Top of Mind on Beggar’s Night
Remember these 5 Halloween safety tips as you head out this October:
- There’s safety in numbers. If your kids are old enough (and mature enough) to go out unsupervised, be sure they’re in a group together. If you’re taking younger children, a small group of parents and youngsters can be best – that way everyone can help watch out for each other’s little ones. In a bigger group it can be easier to lose track of someone.
- Dress kids appropriately. While many costumes involve flowing dresses or long capes, it’s important to keep in mind the ability to move around safely and without confinement. Don’t allow masks that obscure vision or long garments that kids might trip over.
- Visit only well-lit houses. Make sure your kids understand that a well-lighted front porch or stoop means trick-or-treaters are welcome and that a dark house is to be avoided. Not only should children recognize that they need to respect the privacy of those who choose not to celebrate Halloween, following this guideline can also help you avoid unpleasant encounters.
- Ensure that kids are easy to see. Black is a common costume color for witches and other creepy creatures, but be sure to use flashlights and reflective tape to make trick-or-treaters easy for drivers to spot. Emphasize the importance of looking both ways when crossing streets and making eye contact with drivers to be sure they’ve seen you.
- Check candy before consumption. Even though contamination is rare, it isn’t entirely an urban legend and can happen. Make it a rule that your kids keep their treats in their bags until arriving home where you can examine the candy and make sure everything is in the factory wrapping.
In addition to safety tips, here are some ideas for making beggar’s night more fun and comfortable for everyone:
- Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be walking for at least several blocks tonight, so be prepared. If you suffer from foot pain, be sure to include your shoe insoles for extra support during the long evening of walking.
- Bring layers. Even if your child starts out comfy in a light costume, the air can turn chilly as the sun goes down. Bring an extra jacket for the kids and for yourself.
- Consider strategic placement of your car. Depending on how far you plan to walk for trick-or-treat, it may be in your family’s best interest to move the car at intervals so that you don’t accidentally walk miles away and then have to trek all the way back to your original parking spot.
- Pack snacks and drinks. Kids inevitably get hungry, especially with all that Halloween candy around, so it’s a good idea to bring some small healthy snacks along in a backpack or other bag to help avoid the temptation to break out the goodies before inspecting them. Keep kids hydrated too with water or their favorite juice.
We hope you have a safe, fun and spooky Halloween!