How To Have a Safe Halloween
October 15, 2014
Provide Your Children with a Safe Halloween
Halloween is coming and its elevation to the second highest grossing retail holiday (behind Christmas) has meant an explosion of choices for costumes and decorations. We put together a list of ways for your children to have a safe Halloween.
Make Sure They Can Be Seen
Halloween is primarily a nighttime event and a time when people are walking through the streets. If your child’s costume doesn’t have bright colors naturally, incorporate reflective strips in visible places.
Make Sure You Can See Them
Costumes with hats or wigs or masks can obstruct your vision. If your peripheral vision is compromised, adjust it or alter it until vision is clear.
Try the Costume Before the Holiday or Party
Mass-produced costumes can be hard to move in directly out of the box, and may need some alterations before wearing them outside. You want to be able to have your full range of motion at all times. Make sure any props or accessories don’t compromise your ability to move around easily. At the same time, put a small dab of any makeup you are planning to wear on your skin to see that you don’t react to it.
Never Let Them Go Alone
Only let kids go house to house in groups of other children or with parental supervision. The adult supervisor should have a flashlight. Ideally, every child should be carrying some light source.
The Regular Rules Apply
Just because it’s the one time of the year where jaywalking and begging for candy is expected doesn’t mean that all of the rules are off. Look both ways before crossing the street and never cross alone.
Go Easy on the Candy
Wait until you get home before digging into the bags of candy. Don’t let your kids eat anything until you’re able to look it over for defects or tampering. Avoid handmade treats.
Keep Your Yard Clean
When you’re home handing out candy, keep your driveway clear of obstructions and lit. Well-decorated doesn’t have to mean hard to navigate. If your house is set up to scare, make it easy for the little ones to flee.