Keeping Halloween Safe
Halloween is a ghoulishly special day for children. Today is a day that allows them to dress up as anything they like, visit door to door to collect candy, and show off their exciting new personas. With this in mind, it’s important to keep this holiday both enjoyable and safe for everyone to ensure optimal, spooktacular fun.
When choosing the right costume for your child, plan one with bright colors and even consider adding reflective features to both costume and trick-or-treat bags to enhance visibility. This is important whether your family is trick-or-treating during the day or evening hours. With visibility in mind, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safe alternatives to masks for your children. Masks can hinder eyesight, in turn raising the risk of tripping and/or falling and ultimately injury. To avoid any unwanted surprises, test makeup on a small patch of skin to make sure there are no potential allergic reactions. All costumes, including hats, wigs, and any other accessories, should be inspected for a flame resistant label. Along with flame resistance, be sure to choose accessories that are fitting for your child; this means, make sure all swords, sticks, and canes are the correct length and avoid any sharp edges in case of a stumble.
Jack-o-lanterns are a Halloween staple and create an extra spooky atmosphere for this delightful holiday. However, we can all agree that we’d like to keep the spooky atmosphere a safe one. Instead of using a candlelit pumpkin, consider using a flashlight, faux candles, or a glow stick to light up your creations. If you and your family are more traditionalists and welcome the Halloween spirit with candlelit pumpkins, be sure that they are placed on a sturdy surface, away from any flammable objects like curtains or coats. Keep them off of main walkways and out of reach of children, and most importantly, never leave them unattended. While keeping your pumpkins out of the way of passersby, also keep in mind to clear any pathways to your door from objects that could cause potential falls. This includes, garden hoses, decorations, toys, and bikes. Make sure your walkway is well lit and swept of any wet leaves so that trick-or-treaters can find your door with safety and ease. It is also important to keep all pets retrained, no matter their temperament. Halloween is a time of costumes and disguises, all of which may frighten even the most well-mannered animal, not to mention some children may have a fear of certain animals, so be sure to keep all pets away from the front door so trick-or-treaters and animals alike can enjoy their Halloween.
Once on the trick-or-treating adventure, young children should always be accompanied by a parent or trusted adult, and if traveling at night, all should carry flashlights with fresh batteries. Approach only homes that have their porch lights on, and remind your children to never enter home or vehicle for treats. Stay in a visible group, never cut across yards or use alleys, only cross the street with your group at designated crosswalks, and never assume right of way. If older children are trick-or-treating on their own, plan and review a safe route and agree upon a time when all children should be home. For all groups, have cell phones readily available and review with your youngsters how to call emergency services if the need should arise. At the end of the night, adults should sort and check all treats to ensure there has been no tampering.
Finally, have fun! Halloween can be both fun and safe, and by following these tips, we’re sure your family will have some wonderful treats!