It’s an especially exciting time for children everywhere as families get ready for the Halloween festivities. But are you aware of the risks your child could face? Here are just a few important tips to remember to keep your kids safe this Halloween.
Choosing the right costume
Wearing the perfect costume adds to the magic your child feels during the trick-or-treating festivities – but make sure you choose the right costume! Make sure to choose a costume that will keep your kids safe not only from injuries but allergies, as well. Take note of some of these guidelines when selecting a costume for your child:
- Ensure that any accessories that are part of the costume are short, soft and flexible.
- Do a small patch test for make-up before applying to prevent allergies.
- Fasten some reflective tape onto the costume so that drivers can spot your child.
- Avoid decorative lenses to lower the risk of injury.
- Make sure that clothing, masks, etc. are well-fitted to avoid trips, falls and blocking vision.
- If possible, find a costume that is flame resistant.
Be cautious when out & about
It’s important to know how to stay safe when out and about for the trick-or-treating activities. Make sure your kids know these safety tips when going out during Halloween:
- Make sure your kids don’t go out alone! Be there to supervise, or have a trusted adult supervise in your place.
- Walk don’t run when transitioning from house to house.
- If outside during the nighttime, make sure to carry a flashlight to help you see and so others may see you.
- Always look both ways before crossing the street and use crosswalks when available.
- Always walk on sidewalks, or the furthest edge of the street while facing traffic.
- Only visit well-lit houses.
- Do not enter a home unless it’s of a trusted adult!
- Never let your child accept rides from strangers
Do mind the treats!
Making sure your child picks the right treats can be tricky (no pun intended). How can you be sure what your child gets is safe to eat? Again, please note a couple of tips when going through your child’s treat bag to ensure its safety:
- Check all candies and treats for choking hazards and keep in mind any allergies your child might have.
- Avoid eating homemade treats from strangers – accept only pre-packaged, factory-made candies.
Keep an eye out for those teal pumpkins
Have you ever seen or heard of “teal pumpkins?” The Teal Pumpkin Project raises food allergy awareness by making non-food trinkets and toys a safer addition to your child’s treats to help make Halloween more safe and inclusive for trick-or-treaters. If your child has a food allergy, or you’d just like to be cautious of what they receive, look for these teal pumpkins when participating in Halloween activities!
Halloween is a fun, exciting and memorable holiday for both kids and adults alike. While it’s important that your kids have fun, it’s equally important to be aware of how to keep your kids safe while preventing any injuries or mishaps. Let’s make this year’s Halloween both a fun and safe one!