Halloween should be high on spooky fun and low on safety hazards. Keep your family protected on trick-or-treat night by applying these recommended precautions.
According to Reader’s Digest, it’s a good idea to map out a route ahead of time. Aim for a short path to avoid tiring your children out and hindering the fun. If you’re concerned about your young ones getting lost, consider a route in your neighborhood with familiar roads.
Beware of strangers
Instruct your children to stay outside of strangers’ houses when trick-or-treating, as the National Safety Council advises. Tell your little ones to go only to houses with porch lights and to avoid dark houses; they should also avoid going into strangers’ cars.
Illuminate whenever possible
Many Halloween costumes are dark, which can be festive but also less visible to cars. Keep your children safe by taping their costumes with some strips of reflective tape, as suggested by Reader’s Digest. Flashlights are useful to carry so children avoid tripping on uneven patches of sidewalk.
Minimize tripping hazards
When planning costumes, incorporate comfortable shoes that fit snugly to reduce tripping potential. Long garments are another potential safety issue per the American Academy of Pediatrics; have your child “test walk” while wearing his or her costume to make sure it is short enough to walk in safely.
Accompany your goblins
The National Safety Council recommends that a few responsible adults go with children on their candy rounds. If possible, volunteer to chaperone their trick-or-treating group. Encourage other parents to join in on the fun, to help keep all of your little ghosts and villains safe.
Buddy system for the win
According to Instantcheckmate.com, a buddy system is another key strategy to keep children safe while on Halloween night. Pair up each kid in the group with a partner; each one is to know where the other person in the pair is at all times during the night.
Minimize fire hazards
So many costumes consist of synthetic fabrics; this includes wigs and accessories. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that parents help their kids select costumes that are labeled as flame-resistant. Also caution your children to steer clear of any sidewalk jack-o-lanterns or luminaries along the trick-or-treating route, so loose costumes won’t get caught on them.
Cell phone check-ins
Instantcheckmate.com recommends having your kids call you via cell phone to touch base during the outing. A missed check-in call can signal that your children might be in danger.
The National Safety Council advocates that parents should decide on a set time when trick-or-treaters should be home by. If they aren’t back by that time, or haven’t called you to say they’re running late, take action.
With plenty of forethought and parental instruction, your children will have a fun, sugary Halloween experience while staying safe.