Halloween is an exciting time for children as they get to dress up as their favorite characters, go trick-or-treating with friends, and eat yummy treats! But on a day like Halloween, extra precautionary measures are extremely important for kids, parents, and the residents in the neighborhood to avoid injuries and health risks.
If you are a parent, take a look at these Halloween safety tips and make sure to help your children understand them. Even if you are not a parent, remember these safety tips when driving in the neighborhood with children or preparing your house to welcome the trick-or-treaters.
Costume for the Big Day
● Choose light colors for costumes and consider decorating with reflective tape or stickers so children can be easily seen by drivers.
● Make sure the costumes and shoes fit well without loose hanging pieces to prevent trip and fall or contacting with flame.
● Avoid masks or accessories that can limit a child’s vision or breathing.
● When using face paint or makeup, make sure to test it with a little amount on the child’s skin in advance.
● If the costume includes accessories like swords or sticks, make sure they are short, smooth, and flexible.
● Pumpkin carving must be done under adult supervision and young children should not handle knives.
● Consider using glow sticks or flameless candles to light the carved pumpkin.
Prepare to Welcome the Trick-or-Treaters
● Remove objects that can potentially be dangerous to children from your porch and yard such as candlelit pumpkins, wet leaves, garden tools, bikes, etc.
● Inspect outdoor lights and make sure they are working.
● Make sure your pets are restrained from approaching the children.
● Consider buying treats other than candy such as stickers, crayons, coloring books, etc. Avoid giving out baked goods.
● Children must be supervised by a responsible adult. If older children are out without supervision, remind them to stay in groups. Plan safe routes in advance and agree on a specific time for them to return home. Make sure kids going out without an adult carry cellphones.
● Plan routes to minimize crossing streets. Teach children to put away electronic devices and watch for cars.
● Carry flashlights.
● Children should only visit homes with lights on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
What To Do with All the Treats?
● Having a good meal before parties or trick-or-treating can help keep children from eating too much treat.
● Sort and inspect all treats before consuming. Discard all spoiled, unwrapped, or suspicious items.
● Politely turn down home-baked items.
● Always review the ingredient labels on treats to check for allergens.
● Keep track of the treats children brought home to control the portions. Do not leave a bag of candies out for children to eat at will to avoid overeating.