It’s time for tricks, treats, and fun—Halloween is here! While you’re planning out the perfect costume and buying candy for the trick-or-treaters, it’s important to also think about safety. A few simple considerations can ensure that your Halloween is enjoyed to the fullest.
At your home, keep decorations out of the walking path and make sure that the area is well-lit. Darkness may increase the spookiness, but it also increases the possibility of trick-or-treaters tripping or falling.
Take extra care on the roads, especially in residential areas. Children may run out into the street unexpectedly, so drive slowly and pay close attention. Inexperienced drivers may want to stay off the roads completely.
When trick-or-treating with your child, consider nighttime visibility. Bright colors, reflective tape, flashlights, and glow sticks can help drivers see your child more easily.
Make sure that your child’s costume doesn’t create a hazard. Long items such as capes and skirts should be tailored appropriately to your child’s height to avoid trips and falls. Also consider opting for makeup or face paint instead of masks, as masks can make it difficult for your child to see and to avoid accidents.
Stay on sidewalks whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks in your neighborhood, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic so that you will be able to see any oncoming cars. Put away electronic devices that could distract you, and stay alert to your surroundings.
Plan out your route.Stick to familiar, well-lit areas when trick-or-treating and accompany younger children when they go out. For older children, agree ahead of time on a route and a time that they should return home.
See what events your town is offering. Many towns are now sponsoring special events where they close off certain streets to car traffic in order to offer a safer trick-or-treating experience for children. Especially with very young kids, these events are a safer alternative to walking around at night.
With these tips, kids and parents alike can have a fun-filled, spooky Halloween. Stay safe and enjoy!