Halloween is a time filled with fun and joy for families. Although Halloween is fun, Halloween can pose dangers to your children. To help make the festivities seamless, there are steps that both children and parents can follow so that families can have a safe and fun Halloween.
First off, it is important to talk to your children before going trick or treating so they know what the dangers are. Safe Kids strongly recommends that parents talk with their children about safe behavior before children go trick or treating so that they can understand what the dangers are and what to look out for.
It is also important that younger children are accompanied by an adult. Safe Kids recommends that “Children under the age of 12 should not be out at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out on their own, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.” Younger children may have a hard time judging speeds, distance of vehicles on the streets, and may have a hard time making appropriate decisions about crossing streets.
General Tips for both Parents and Children on Halloween
- Be extremely careful when crossing the street and remind children to look both ways before crossing. While crossing do not run across the street but walk.
- Cross at street corners or at traffic signals.
- Always use sidewalks when possible and be caution if you are walking on the road if there is not sidewalk. A general rule of thumb is to choose a route located in a well lit neighborhood and a route that has sidewalks.
Parents should inform their children never to go inside someone’s home or to accept candy that is open. Parents should also check their children’s candy when they return to ensure that it is safe to eat the candy. Always throw away candy with any sort of a torn wrapper. For kids with allergies, parents should be very cautious and should inspect ingredients of all treats. This is extremely important for children that have nut allergies.
Not only should parents caution their children on trick or treating, they should also help choose their kid’s costume. As general guidelines here is what Safe Kids recommends:
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
Lastly, the time of night that children go out or trick or treating is also important. Parents and children should stick to the hours of 5:30pm to 9:30pm. By following these tips for Halloween, families will have a safe and fun Halloween.
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