Halloween is a special past time for nearly every family in America, especially for children who get to go door-to-door for candy and treats. Every October 31st, you can count on cute and sometimes frightening costumes walking around the neighborhood searching for a fun night. However, Halloween night should come with some precautions to ensure your little ones stay safe just in case they encounter any tricks. Follow our tips to keep your children safe this year!
Watch Where You Walk
The main form of transportation on this night is walking and it should be done cautiously, especially after the sun goes down. Even though we have this ingrained in our minds, it’s important to remind our children a few extra times to look both ways before crossing the street. Even if you’re spending the night in your own neighborhood, make sure you’re only crossing streets at corners where drivers and other pedestrians can see you clearly.
Costumes should be fun and silly, but there’s nothing funny about not being able to move around comfortably or see all of your surroundings. When helping your child choose a costume this year, help them pick one that allows for full mobility. Also, masks are great additions to costumes at small Halloween parties, but they aren’t helpful at night. They can easily get in your child’s line of sight which could cause accidents. Also, make sure your child tries on the costume before heading out to trick-or-treat. You can make any necessary modifications before Halloween.
Tips for Drivers
If you aren’t out walking, you might be driving. We recommend as little neighborhood driving as possible on this night, but we understand that it may not be possible. If you do need to drive in neighborhoods, make sure you keep the speed as slow as possible to spot any children or teenagers that may be in dark costumes. Anticipate heavily crowded intersections where families will be crossing the street and look twice before crossing. Additionally, make sure you enter and exit driveways with caution, as families will be visiting homes all through the night.
Before the big night, take time to check your home for any safety concerns. Start by checking all porch and walkway lights. Replace any that are burnt out or malfunctioning. Next, check all gate, window and door locks. Due to the nature of Halloween antics, we suggest double checking that these locks are in place and working properly. Finally, be sure none of your home decorations could cause any guests harm. For instance, making sure fake spider webs or inflatable lawn ornaments are secure and won’t cause a tripping hazard.
Slow Down on the Sweets
Once the night is over, your child will likely have quite the stash of sweets. First, help them decide what they want to keep and then help them set a daily consumption limit. While it might not seem fun to put a limit on candy, it can save them the tears that will ensue once the belly-ache begins. Before bed, make sure they get their toothbrush out and give their teeth a deep cleaning.
Make sure your family has a Halloween filled with treats, and skip the tricks altogether. Follow our tips to make sure you and your children stay safe this year. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about holiday safety, please feel free to contact us today.