Boo! Halloween has crept up on us once again; that holiday that signals “free candy” to millions of kids around the country. All of us want our children to grow up with fun memories of this crazy night, filled with ghosts and goblins, witches and mummies, all dashing door to door to collect their treats. As parents, there are several things we can do prevent problems and ensure the evening is full of as much magic and fun as possible.
Sit down and speak with your children about the following safety tips before heading out the door. Sure, most of these suggestions are common sense, but in the mind of a child madly searching for his or her next treat, sometimes sense isn’t even a consideration.
- Instruct your Trick or Treaters to never go into a stranger’s house. Period.
- Crossing the street is even trickier when wearing masks and costumes. Check twice before stepping off the curb. If you have a little brother or sister with you, please hold their hand.
- Costumes with reflective tape are always a great idea. If they don’t want to ruin their costume, wrap their shoes in reflective tape.
- If you have older kids, make sure you know where they are going, with whom and when they will be home.
- Parents accompanying their Trick & Treaters should always have a flashlight, even on lighted streets, to help with tricky stairs and uneven sidewalks.
- Costumes should only be made of fire-retardant materials. Don’t know if your costume is or not? You’ll find this information on the label.
- If you’re wearing a mask, don’t be afraid to cut the holes even larger to make sure you can see clearly.
- If your costume involves putting on make-up and/or face paint, test it out first on a forearm for about 30 minutes to see if there will be an allergic reaction.
- Bring along some extra plastic grocery bags in your pocket, just in case the kids’ bags become too heavy or break.
- Make sure all props like plastic swords and such are flexible, so they can’t hurt the child in a fall.
- At your home, make sure Trick or Treaters have a clear path to your door.
- Avoid using real candles in your pumpkins. These days, the battery-powered versions work just as well and are much safer.
These are all good reminders for the sake of playing it safe and keeping it a Happy Halloween for all.