Halloween and trick or treating is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. To help avoid any dangerous mishaps, here are some easy to follow tips for a fun and safe Halloween night.
Before heading out to collect all that candy, be sure your child’s costume is safe. Choose colorful face paint instead of a mask so he or she can see clearly. To be sure your little trick or treater can be seen, try to incorporate glow sticks in their costume. Bright, glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets can be fun to wear and easy for drivers to see at night.
Kids will be doing a fair amount of walking while out trick or treating. Make sure they are wearing good walking shoes for their candy collecting journey. If your little princess or ninja turtle is worried that sneakers don’t exactly match their costume, try covering them with colored felt or using colored laces. Ribbons work well in lieu of laces for a fairy or princess costume.
Try to hem capes and skirts so they don’t drag on the ground and become tripping hazards. If sewing isn’t your forte, enlist your child to help with some fabric glue. Always send your child out with a flash light at night. For added fun, you can draw the silhouette of a spider or ghost on the lens with a black permanent marker to create spooky shadows.
Plan ahead and choose a well-lit, kid friendly neighborhood to trick or treat in. The location you decide on should be well populated, have clear side walks, and have plenty of houses with porch lights on. Avoid dark houses or ones with dangerous, broken steps. As an added plus, the closer houses are together, the quicker you can get from one to the other and get more candy!
Stick to a sidewalk if one is available, but if you must cut through the grass, go slow and be cautious of the following hazards: holes in the ground that could twist an ankle; leaves or mud that could be slippery; or bare tree limbs that could poke you. No matter what, always avoid walking in the streets or along busy ones. It is hard to trust drivers on such a big party night. Finally, just to be courteous, please don’t step in the flower garden!
This October, take your time to make a safe, visible, and walking-appropriate costume before getting dressed up. Then, when you do head out trick or treating, be sure you have chosen the right neighborhood. A safe and fun Halloween night takes a little planning ahead, but the candy reward and special memories are well worth the effort.