After all the carving, decorating and planning, one of the best holidays in the entire year is finally here. Oct. 31 is Halloween. Whether you plan on hitting the streets for treats or visiting a haunted house, now is the time to revisit a few safety tips to keep children of all ages safe.
While many children look forward to the annual trick-or-treat tradition, it can be an anxious time for parents. According to a Fox59 report published on Oct. 30, when it comes to Halloween, safety is key. Follow the tips and suggestions below to make sure your little ghosts, ghouls and goblins all have a “spooktacular” – and safe – Halloween holiday.
Dates & Times – When is Halloween observed in your town? Different cities have various age restrictions for trick-or-treaters. Do porch lights have to be turned on? Know your city’s ordinances before you head out.
Costumes – To avoid tripping and falling, costumes should fit properly and not be too long. Facial coverings, hats, wigs and masks should not block vision. Masks and facial coverings should be well-ventilated for easy breathing. Make sure gear (such as swords) do not have sharp edges or pose a tripping hazard. Wear bright clothing and decorate with reflective tape. Wear shoes that are comfortable and that fit properly.
Fire Hazards – Costumes should be flame-resistant. Warn children to stay away from candles. Walking too closely to lit Jack O’ Lanterns and luminaries with long, flowing costumes can be hazardous. Go over those life-saving “stop-drop-and roll” techniques.
Trick-or-Treat – Only trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods or at friends and family. Do not trick-or-treat alone – travel in groups. If older children are trick-or-treating without an adult this year, know their route or neighborhoods they are visiting. Make sure someone in the group carries a charged call phone. A trusted adult should always accompany young trick-or-treaters.
It’s Dark Outside – Children should trick-or-treat only in well-lit areas – no alleys or dark side streets. It’s dark outside – look before crossing the street and walk; don’t run. Remind children to look both ways before crossing the street. Stay on sidewalks if possible.
Lights – With trick-or-treaters in yards and streets, it’s important to be seen. Carry glow-in-the-dark sticks or bring flashlights. Flashlights should have new batteries. Trick-or-treat bags should also be light in color and/or trimmed with reflective tape.
House Safety – Be respectful of homeowner’s property. Do not walk through yards – use sidewalks if possible. Remind older children vandalism is a crime. Children should never enter a home without parental permission. Do not approach cars without parental permission.
Sweet Treats to Eat – If you are handing out treats this year, some children are allergic to certain food products including nuts. All treats should be thoroughly screened by parents before eaten. Also be aware of choking hazards for young children.
And speaking of safety, make sure to keep your four-legged friends safe this Halloween. Visit Top 10 Halloween Pet Safety Tips: Keep Fido & Fluffy Safe on ‘Howl-Ween.’