As October begins to wind down it means Halloween is just around the corner! This beloved holiday is a time for dressing up, indulging in sweet treats, and enjoying spooky festivities. However, it's essential to remember that safety should always be a priority, especially in your community. In this blog, we'll explore some helpful safety tips for Halloween to ensure that everyone has a ghoulishly good time while staying safe!
Stick To Well-Lit Paths
Sticking to well-lit areas is very important for safety during Halloween festivities both to make sure everyone is staying together and to avoid any trips or falls. Whether you have children who are going trick-or-treating or you are just planning on welcoming trick-or-treaters to your door, ensure that walkways, driveways, and entrances are well-lit. Replace any burnt-out bulbs, and consider adding extra lighting if necessary. Well-lit areas deter mischievous activities and help prevent accidents.
Make Safe Costume Choices
Costumes are the highlight of Halloween, but they can pose safety risks. Encourage costumes that are easy to walk and see in, with no trailing fabrics that could lead to tripping. Masks should allow for clear vision and easy breathing. You can also consider makeup instead of masks for better visibility when possible. If your child will be attending a party, make sure their costume does not have any pieces that stick out to avoid both a poking and a fire hazard. Candles are extra popular in the fall and it’s very easy for a child to not notice a piece of their costume is sticking out too close to a candle!
Supervise Young Children
For parents, it's very important to keep a watchful eye on young children, especially when you’re out trick-or-treating. Accompany them or ensure they'll be with a responsible adult. Work on safe walking habits before they’re excitedly preparing to go trick-or-treating. Teach them to stay on sidewalks, cross streets at designated crossings, and avoid running across lawns and streets.
If you're driving on Halloween night, be extra cautious. Expect more pedestrian traffic, especially in residential areas. Drive slowly, stay off your phone, and obey all traffic rules. Be mindful that not all children will have proper reflective wear on their costumes so some pedestrians may be hard to see. It's a good idea to avoid unnecessary driving during peak trick-or-treating hours.
Emergency Contact Information
It's always smart to have emergency contact information on hand. Make sure your phone is charged and easily accessible. If you're taking kids out, consider adding identification tags with your contact information to their costumes, just in case of an emergency. It’s always better to take extra precautions that aren’t needed than wish you had.
Check Candy and Treats
The part of Halloween that your child is likely most excited about is collecting candy, but it's crucial to ensure that it's safe to eat. Inspect all candy and treats before allowing children to consume them. Discard any open or tampered packages. If your community hosts events, consider providing pre-packaged, sealed treats to ensure safety and peace of mind!
The most important part of Halloween safety, especially if you have younger children, is to discuss all of your rules and safety precautions in advance! Waiting until your child is in their Halloween costumes and ready to walk out the door to discuss safety rules will be more stressful than helpful. Make sure you have these conversations and set your plans beforehand to ensure you and your children have a fun and safe Halloween!