Halloween is a great time of year and a fun holiday for children, but as always when it comes to children having fun there is always going to be dangers. With a heightened sense of fun and excitement also comes a lack of concentration and responsibility on the child’s part. There are always rumors going around that tend to get parents over protective of their children at Halloween, it is important to be practical and use common sense when it comes to Halloween safety for your child.
Very small children should always be accompanied by an adult when trick or treating at Halloween and older children that insist on going without you by their side should go around in small groups. Small groups are less vulnerable to any would be attacks from strangers. We spend the majority of our children’s life teaching them not to accept sweets off strangers then one time of the year we encourage it (go figure).
The important thing is that we acknowledge the dangers and we make sure our children have acknowledged the dangers. This is the best way to keep your children safe at Halloween apart from chaperoning them all night. The general hazards associated with Halloween are the ones that have been reported to cause the biggest problems.
There are normally domestic accidents like; a cut finger while carving a pumpkin, a minor burn from a pumpkin candle or a fall on a sidewalk in costume.
One of the biggest dangers on Halloween is traffic accidents involving children trick or treating; on the Halloween holiday. Children killed by traffic have been reported to rise to 4 times the normal amount of fatalities according to CBS News. This is a prime example of children not paying attention when levels of euphoria are heightened and why Halloween safety is important. We can prepare for this by making sure our children know how to cross roads safely including in particular areas of difficulty like corners and between parked cars. Halloween costumes are generally dark in color so try adding some reflective accessories like glow in the dark beads and bracelets, sparkly stars and moons all things that will catch a drivers eye.
Be sure you know the area that your child is going to is well lit and that they have a flashlight if they are out after dark. Make sure your children stick to an agreed route that you both know so you can find them if necessary, you can always make sure they have a cell phone in case of an emergency. Every year there is normally a rumor of poisoned sweets being handed out, although there has never been a case of child poisoning on Halloween, it is always a good idea to check their candy before they eat it. Look out for sweets with no wrappers or broken wrappers simply discard them from their swag. Halloween should be fun with plenty of laughs for you and your children if you follow these simple Halloween safety rules.
Study conducted by the University Of Michigan Transportation Research Institute