Halloween’s right around the corner. Yet, while people have likely put much though into their Halloween costumes, few have probably considered how to stay safe on Halloween. Caution, of course, sounds like a surefire way to suck the fun out of any event, but taking such steps could make the trick-or-treat outing more exciting for the entire family.
Here are seven Halloween safety tips for parents to keep this ‘sweet’ holiday the right kind of scary for kids,
1. Make sure young trick-or-treaters are supervised.
Children, especially those under age 12, should always trick-or-treat with an adult in tow. Adults in charge should teach the children in their care to stick to the sidewalks whenever possible and cross streets in the crosswalk. Adults should also advise kids to wear reflective gear or carry flashlights to ensure safety.
2. Plot out your trick-or-treat route in advance.
Whether you’re simply supervising your own children or chaperoning a larger group of neighborhood kids, you should plan your trick-or-treat route in advance. Always be sure that someone else knows your path and how long you expect to be so they’re familiar with your expected whereabouts in the unlikely event that your group gets lost.
3. Never leave a lit jack-o’-lantern unattended.
If you plan to use real tea lights or votives to make your pumpkins glow, never leave them unattended and keep far away from foot traffic, as they could get knocked over and spark a fire. For effect, use battery-operated candles or glow sticks to make your jack-o-lanterns shine without running the risk of injury.
4. Avoid masks and test any make-up products prior to Halloween.
Masks can prove dangerous because they often obstruct a person’s vision. If you can, substitute with make-up and face paints to make sure you or your loved one have a clear line of sight. However, be sure to test that make-up on a small portion of your face or body prior to Halloween to observe how your skin reacts in case an unexpected allergy arises.
5. Inspect candy thoroughly to avoid harm or allergic reaction.
While it’s customary to inspect your kids’ haul to ensure none of the treats they collected look like they’ve been tampered with, you will also want to make sure that none of these items contain allergens that could harm your child. To avoid such risks, visit homes with teal pumpkins on display, as this indicates that they’re giving away goodies that are safe for everyone.
6. Make sure costumes fit properly to reduce risk of injury.
Costumes can be an unexpected danger if they don’t fit properly. Those that drag, for instance, can pose a risk to both the person wearing it and those around them, as anyone who comes close could trip. Try your costume on prior to Halloween and make any adjustments or alterations necessary to ensure a clear path for all.
7. Eliminate distractions and always remain aware of your surroundings.
Both children and adults should put their electronic devices away to maintain vigilance while they’re out and about on Halloween. Because the darkness sets in earlier, trick-or-treating after sundown becomes increasingly dangerous. Keep your eyes and ears open at all times to ensure you’re aware of and familiar with your surroundings.