Happy Haunting - Tips for A Safe, Fun Halloween
Fall is here! As we welcome the change in season, it’s expected to see children become increasingly excited that Halloween is approaching. During this time of the year, kids look forward to the fun that comes with dressing up in costumes, enjoying school parades, parties, and eating lots of candy and treats. As exciting as Halloween is for kids, it can be a worrisome time for parents.
89% of kids participate in Halloween each year. About 73% of children go trick-or-treating from door to door. With a high number of children expected to participate in Halloween this year, putting effective safety procedures in place is essential. Here is a shortlist of safety measures parents can take to ensure the festivities are fun and safe for trick-or-treaters.
Costume and Trick-Or-Treating Safety
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Being alert and ensuring the safety of children during these hours is important.
- When selecting costumes for children, choose the proper sizes to prevent falling.
- Avoid costume masks that can obstruct vision.
- If costumes require face paint or makeup, be sure to use products that are non-toxic.
- Remove all costume makeup before bed to prevent eye and skin irritation.
- Choose costumes that are flame-resistant.
- If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes for increased visibility.
- Avoid costumes that have knives, guns or other weapons as accessories.
- Ensure that children know to never accept candy offered to strangers on the street.
- Teach children to never enter the homes or cars of strangers.
- Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
- Older children should travel in groups.
- Schedule a time children are expected to return home if out in groups without supervision.
- Advise children to not eat any candy until they’ve returned home and can have it safely inspected.
- Adults and children are reminded to not be distracted by electronic devices, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street
Safety Tips for Adults Traveling on The Road
- Obey all speed limits.
- Avoid allowing new, inexperienced drivers (teens) to operate vehicles on Halloween.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys with precaution.
- As it gets darker, keep an eye out for children in costumes that are dark or do not have reflective tape.
11 Things to Do During the Month of October
- Visit a haunted house.
- Carve pumpkins.
- Plan a scary movie night.
- Visit a pumpkin patch.
- Host a Halloween baking night.
- Decorate your home.
- Design your own costume.
- Send Halloween mail to family and friends.
- Host a costume contest.
- Decorate your office/workstation.
- Host a Halloween cook-off.