Halloween can be one of the most exciting nights of the year—especially for kids. But in the excitement, it’s easy to lose sight of practical safety measures that we may think of every other day of the year.
Adhere to some of these trick or’ treating safety measures to ensure your Halloween night is fun and worry-free!
There are many popular Halloween costumes that require kids to wear all black or long clothing—both of which can cause safety issues. Consider putting them in brighter colors, or adhering reflective tape to their bags or outfits so they are easier to see.
Safety in numbers.
It’s never a good idea to allow kids to trick or’ treat unaccompanied—especially those 12 or younger. If your child is old enough to go it alone, make sure they are with a group and not walking by themselves.
With kids darting around from house to house, Halloween can be one of the most dangerous nights for driving of the year. Just be sure to take is slow and stay alert at all times, especially in neighborhoods.
Skip the face paint and masks.
Though face paint can be a fun addition to a costume, most of them are filled with harsh chemicals. Masks can also be dangerous as they can impede vision, so it’s best to leave them at the store or make sure your child removes it while walking from house to house.
Check before they eat.
This goes without saying, but it’s imperative to check every piece of candy before kids dive in. They may be too impatient to wait, but you never know what could be hiding in wrapped treats.
Dress for the weather.
If you live in a colder climate, the end of October can mean chilly temperatures—especially when the sun goes down. Make sure trick or’ treaters are dressed warmly, even if it deters from their costume.
Before your child leaves the house, make sure they know not to enter anyone’s home while trick or’ treating—even if the homeowner offers. The same stranger danger rules apply, even when it comes to neighbors they may know.
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