Halloween is a night of excitement, mischief and adventure. The one night to boo-st your imagination and have a wicked fun time. Whether you’re the Count lurking at night or a Mummy trying to keep her wraps together, it’s easy to get caught up in all the costumes and party planning. When your little ghouls are planning to hit the streets for some tricks or treats, here are some Halloween safety tips to make sure they have a spook-tacular good time!
Neighborhood Street Safety
Make sure your mates follow the map.
Discuss the route and neighborhoods the kids plan to visit. Be sure to get a list of names and their parent’s contact info.
Keep in contact and have a time to check in with a text.
Avoid dragon flames.
Jack-o lanterns can be very creative and fun to look at, but remind kids to stay a safe distance away from lit pumpkins.
No flying away on broomsticks or chatting with ghosts.
Talk about the importance of not excepting rides from those they don’t know or conversing with strangers.
Always stay with your wolf pack.
Never wander off alone and always stay with the group.
Be wary of haunted houses.
Some houses can have quick walk- through “haunted houses.” Talk to your kids about only visiting houses they are familiar with, check in with you and never go alone.
Remind your ghosts they aren’t transparent.
Although the streets may be full of other trick or treaters, remind them to always keep on the sidewalk, look before crossing the roads, walk — don’t run — and be careful with cars pulling out of driveways.
Screech if you feel creeped.
Give kids a whistle to wear and use if they need to call for help.
Beware of graveyards.
Only visit houses that are well lit.
Hydrate your pumpkins.
Kids can get dehydrated when walking long distances in costumes. Be sure to add a bottle of water to their candy bag for a quick sip on the go.
Costumes Can Help Play It Safe
It’s fun to glow in the dark.
Make costumes easily visible by adding reflective tape or stickers. Give kids handheld flashlights or glowstick necklaces to wear.
Wear suits of armor.
Buy costumes and accessories (hats, beards, wigs, etc.) that are labeled “flame resistant.
Play it safe like the Incredibles.
Pick well-fitting costumes and comfortable shoes to walk in. Choose non-toxic face paint or makeup whenever possible, masks can obstruct their views. Make sure oversized hats, helmets, or headpieces won’t interfere with their vision.
Candy: Don’t Let Your Sweet Tooth Scare You
Inspect the loot.
Before kids dive into their goodies, have them wait until it’s all been inspected. Discard anything slightly or not completely wrapped. If your child is allergic to nuts, double check all treats carefully before they dig in. Put a limitation of the amount they can eat.