Halloween is a holiday that kids look forward to all year long. It’s a time to dress up as their favorite super hero or princess and go trick-or-treating. As the mom of 4, I have come up with10 tips to keep your children safe, that I have learned over the years. By following these simple steps, you can have peace of mind, and a happy Halloween.
First, have your children wear a reflective pin or carry a flashlight with them. This will help safeguard them from tripping or falling. It will also allow drivers to see them when they are crossing streets or intersections. Put reflective tape on treat bags as well.
Second, only trick-or-treat at the homes of people you know.
Third, if you do trick-or-treat at the homes of people you aren’t familiar with, check all candy and goodies before they are eaten. Throw away anything that is open or looks suspicious.
Fourth, make sure costumes are not too long. With your child running from house to house, it’s easy to trip over a longer costume.
Fifth, Have children wear running shoes, for they are easiest and safest to walk/run in.
Sixth, wear make-up instead of masks. Masks can obstruct vision, making it difficult to see. If your child insists on a mask, make sure eyes, nose and mouth openings are wide enough.
Seventh, do not carry accessories while trick-or-treating. Keep the swords, guns, and knives at home. It’s easy to lose them, and it’s one more thing your child has to be resposible for. If they must carry them, make sure there are no sharp edges.
Eighth, have older children check in and give them a curfew.
Ninth, remind children to walk. Have them keep to sidewalks as much as possible.
Tenth, dress children according to the weather. If it is cold outside, make sure your children have warm clothing under their costumes.