Halloween is supposed to be a night of fun, not of danger, unless you are talking about the fake kind. Nonetheless, it can be dangerous to go out trick-or-treating with children on Halloween. There are many kids out walking near the road, not to mention the amount of drinking adults do on Halloween. That is why it is important to avoid as many dangers as possible when you go out trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Be as visible as possible
One of the most common hazards on Halloween is walking with a group of kids near the road. Because trick-or-treating happens in the evening and many Halloween costumes are dark, it can be difficult for cars to see you. There are a few ways to make yourself more visible to passing vehicles while you are trick-or-treating. One of them is to wear bright colors yourself and make sure your kids are walking on the inside. Another thing to do is to bring a flashlight (with fresh batteries). This is good for two things. It helps you to see and it helps you to be seen. A great way to make your kids more visible is to have them wear glow necklaces or bracelets. You can get them in Halloween colors and kids usually do not complain about having to wear glowing jewelry. It sure beats sticking reflectors all over them.
Costume safetyand group size
One of the less obvious ways to stay safe while you are trick-or-treating is to make sure your child’s Halloween costume is not too long. When kids have costumes on that touch the ground, they are far more likely to trip and fall. You do not want this to happen on the street or up someone’s porch steps. If you are trick-or-treating with a group of kids, it is good to make sure you will not be stopping to help one a lot. It makes it easier for one to wander off while you are distracted. Which brings us to another tip, if you are trick-or-treating with a group of kids, make sure the number of adults with you is proportionate to the number of kids you have. Do not bring ten kids unless you have at least one other adult to help you.
Start early, end early
When you go out trick-or-treating on Halloween, it is best to start as early as possible. That does not mean you have to do all of your trick-or-treating in the daylight. It means that you want to try to be off the road before the inevitable drunk drivers are out. Go out while it is still safe for yourself and your children and get in to eat your candy before the real scary things of Halloween start happening.
By being mindful of the dangers of trick-or-treating you can ensure that you have a fun and safe Halloween.