The air is crisp, the first snow has fallen and November is very near. Before we welcome a new month, however, there is that annual late October occassion to celebrate - Halloween!
Though the holiday is fun and full of laughter, Halloween can also be chaotic and at times dangerous if proper safety measures are not taken. By following the below tips, you will help ensure that your little ghosts, goblins, superheroes and princesses are safe, smart and out of harm's way on Halloween.
- Fasten reflective tape to your child's costume and bag to help with visibility to drivers.
- Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation
- Lower your child's risk for serious eye injury by not allowing them to wear decorative contact lenses.
- Make sure your child is wearing only well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
- Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
- Parents should accompany young children trick-or-treating at all times.
- Only go to houses that you trust
- Kids should never trick-or-treat alone, no matter what their age, and always find safe and well lit neighborhoods to trick-or-treat in.
- If in a large group of friends, kids should buddy up. And, there should be one parent at the front of the pack and one at the rear at all times.
- Obey the rules of the road. Children should only cross the street in a proper crosswalk, and walk, not run, to their next destination. Drivers too should be alert for children inattentively running across the street at any time.
- A safe alternative to trick-or-treating in neighborhoods is to visit your local mall or nursing home. Stores often offer candy to those in costume, and seniors would adore the attention and surely spoil their visitors.
- Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
- An adult should inspect all candy before it is consumed.
- Ration your children’s candy supply to ensure they don’t eat too much too soon. If you spread it out over a few weeks, they will be happy to have candy to eat for days to come.
- Do not let your child accept or consume unwrapped homemade treats or open beverages at any time.
Remember, a safe Halloween is the best kind of Halloween. And you can take our word for it, candy always tastes sweeter when you’re safe and sound in the confines of your home. Now dress up as your favorite character, go out with your little pumpkins and have a ball. And above all else, follow the aforementioned safety guidance to be sure that your October 31st is a house of fun and not a house of horrors.