Halloween can be a fun night for the whole family dressing up and interacting with your neighbors and community! But with so many people out and about Oct. 31, it’s important to properly prepare your family to stay safe and have an enjoyable evening.
Here are seven helpful safety tips to keep your kids and grandkids protected.
Select comfortable costumes
A child’s costume should be short to avoid tripping. Have them wear comfortable and well fitting footwear to avoid falling or discomfort while out and about. Avoid masks and other pieces that cover their face and mouth, as they can make it hard to see or breathe.
Also, double check that all costumes are flame retardant because some homes use open flames as decoration.
There’s no need to wait until it’s completely dark to head outside. In fact, a good time to start, especially with little ones, is after an early dinner at dusk. Plus, if you are the first ones there, you will have your pick of candy!
Watch out for cars & pedestrians
Halloween can mean especially large volumes of pedestrian traffic, so wear brighter or reflective colors to make yourself noticeable to cars. Remind children to look both ways before crossing the streets and hold the hands of little ones. Also, if you are driving, remember to be on high alert of pedestrians.
You never know what children can receive in their Halloween baskets, so it is important to inspect their candy stash before they dig in. If you anticipate needing a treat during your evening out, consider packing a snack or two until you get home.
Plan your route in advance
Make a plan to only visit houses of people you know and trust in the neighborhood. Make it fun for your grandkids by making a list or treasure map and cross of the houses you’ve visited.
Remind the little ones to never go with someone they don’t know or get into an unfamiliar car. If someone invites them inside to receive their candy, tell them they must always stay outside the front door for their safety.
If you aren’t comfortable with trick or treating, there are always alternatives! Stay home and have a party with games and spooky movies, or consider hosting a neighborhood trunk or treat from your driveway or street. For older kids, have them pass out the treats to the visitors and enjoy the parade of costumes.
Kids wait all year to dress up, go door-to-door asking for treats and getting into characters to fit with their costumes. By following these safety tips, you can ensure they will not only have a fun and festive Halloween, but a safe one too!