Halloween is fast approaching and the excitement of going out in the neighborhood dress as a fun character is growing for your kids. Before the 31st sit down as a family and review safety protocols. Taking a few precautions can keep injuries at bay and the fun paramount.
- Don’t put older children in charge of caring for their younger siblings. Older children may not be as careful as an adult to make sure your child is safe. It is too easy to get caught up in the frenzy of trick or treating and forget how slow little legs run. Plan ahead with other adults to insure the kids are well chaperoned. Don’t leave one adult with too large a group to supervise. Divide by ages so little legs don’t need to keep up with heir older siblings.
- Make sure your child has a flashlight or glow stick to guide him as he walks. Affixing reflective tape to dark colored costumes makes them visible to drivers. Younger children should finish their treat or tricking before sundown. Most communities trick or treat times begin around 4:30 giving time for younger children to enjoy the fun and be back in the safety of their homes before dark.
- Encourage older children to not enter a stranger’s home without adult supervision. Remind them to pass houses with no lights on and to avoid darkened porches.
- Remove masks when walking from house to house to ensure good visibility of oncoming traffic or other obstacles in their path. Use face paint in lieu of a mask if possible.
- Make sure props your child may be carrying such as swords, staffs, etc are made of flexible materials that are safe. Children tend to engage in sword play or run in their excitement. Soft props eliminate injuries.
- Review with your children how to cross the street properly. Remind them not to run from house to house. Encourage them to walk on the sidewalks so they are less likely to trip over things.
- No eating candy until they are home so candy can be inspected. Don’t eat any unwrapped candy.
- Don’t trick or treat at strangers home without adult supervision. Even if the lights are on (indicating they have treats) wait for adults to be nearby before knocking on the door.
- For older children remind them that vandalism is a crime. Throwing eggs, stringing toilet paper in trees or other pranks can often backfire. Vandalism is a crime and there are consequences—even for kids.
- Don’t continue trick or treating passed the posted times set by the city. Drivers may no longer be looking for costume characters to dart in their path.
What are some of other safety tips you enforce with your family?