3 Halloween Safety Tips for Parents
Halloween is a wonderful time for spooks, dressing up in unique costumes, and getting as much candy as possible. Here are some tips to help your kids stay safe while having a fun Halloween.
1. Choose the right costume.
Whether your kids want to dress up as vampires, pirates, superheroes or dinosaurs, make sure that they choose light colors for their costumes. If they must wear dark colors, consider adding glow-in-the-dark or reflective tape to their costumes and trick-or-treat bags. Only purchase costumes that are flame retardant. If you’re going the homemade costume route, use polyester, nylon, and other flame-resistant fabrics.
Walking around all night can also lead to potential slips or falls. Make sure that wigs don’t cover the eyes, and try to avoid masks that limit your child’s vision. Costumes should fit, especially around the feet. Avoid colored contacts unless they are specifically prescribed by your child’s doctor. Decorative contacts from your local costume shop that are deemed “one size fits all” are often anything but. They can easily irritate the eyes, leading to pain, inflammation, and potential infections.
2. Be careful when trick-or-treating.
Any children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating, but for added security, make sure your kids know your home phone number and how to call 911 in the event of an emergency. Bring glow sticks or flashlights with fresh batteries so that you and your kids are easily seen by passing motorists. You can find Life Gear glow products in the Halloween section of your local Walgreens.
If your older kids want to trick-or-treat on their own, review the route they plan to take and agree on a curfew. Inform them to only go to neighborhoods you know and homes of families you know.
3. Make your home a trick-or-treating haven.
To make your home safe for other trick-or-treaters:
• Light the walkway to your door
• Remove any potted plants, ornaments, or other objects on your porch or lawn that kids could potentially trip over
• Keep your pets restrained
With a few precautions, you and your kids should have no problem enjoying Halloween. Have fun trick-or-treating!