We all remember going trick or treating as a kid. From shopping for costumes to shouting trick or treat on every porch in your neighborhood. It’s an exciting time for kids and parents, but it’s important to remember safety first. Halloween should be stress-free, exciting, and most of all fun! Here are some tips to keep in mind before you head out the door this Halloween.
1. Establish a Plan
It’s important that both you and your children are completely confident in your plans for the evening. Start off by establishing a rough schedule of when you want to leave and what time you want to start heading back. Map out a route, and make sure the streets are well lit and there are paved sidewalks. After you figure out your game plan, try a test run with your kiddos, so they know where they’re going and where to go if they get lost. If possible, use a street you’re familiar with and have friends or family in case of an emergency.
2. Safety Comes First
Make sure to go over street safety with your kids. Go over the rules for crossing the street, using crosswalks, and fully paying attention. It might be a good idea to ask them to stick to sidewalks or paved paths, especially if they’re in an unknown area. Make sure they keep their eyes peeled for cars reversing or that may not be paying attention. It’s important they understand the rules you set and they don’t have any questions on what to do if a situation arises.
3. Check The Sweets
Make sure you tell your children to hold off on the sugar rush until you can look through their bag first. Make sure you pay special attention to allergies like nuts or peanut butter. For younger kids, make sure there aren’t any choking hazards or small pieces that are dangerous. Finally, make sure everything is sealed and unopened. While the thought it nice, homemade candy is a risk and should be tossed.
4. Get The Right Fit
It’s important to make sure your kids love their outfit, but also that it’s safe and comfortable. Make sure their costumes fit them near perfectly! A really long skirt or cape could cause a potential trip hazard and should be avoided. It’s important that their costumes aren’t baggy but also aren’t so tight it can restrict movement. If their costume includes a face mask, make sure their vision isn’t compromised. If possible, try to cut bigger eye holes or alter the mask. Face paint is also a great alternative to a face mask and ensures safety while walking from house to house. Make sure that their shoes are comfortable, too!
5. Expect The Unexpected
Make sure you are fully prepared for anything that comes your way. It’s important to give your kids a good trick or treating experience, but you can never be too careful. If they have any medical conditions, make sure you have anything they may need. That means inhalers, an EpiPen, or any portable medications. It’s important to bring a flashlight and a cell phone, just in case the street isn’t as well-lit as you thought or you need to get a hold of someone. If you want to cover all of your bases, you can attach a name tag with your child’s name, a phone number, and any essential information!
Communication is key for a happy and safe Halloween! Make sure you talk to you talk to your kids beforehand and discuss any rules or guidelines. It’s important they understand the plans for the evening and don’t have any questions that are unanswered. Preparation is key! What are some of your families Halloween safety tips? Leave your comments below!