Trick or Treat Safety Tips
Published In: Just for fun, News
We are only a few weeks away from Halloween, which probably means that the little ones in your life are getting very excited about the big night. While Halloween is traditionally a lot of fun for adults and kids alike, it’s important to remember a few simple safety tips before heading out to get your favorite treats.
PLAN YOUR ROUTE IN ADVANCE
The temptation to explore new neighborhoods is strong, especially with the lure of more candy, but remember that you have to come back the way you came, resulting in tired kids and sore feet!
Instead, make a plan of attack that centers on a walkable radius around your neighborhood. Expand out to other neighborhoods where you have friends and family. Perhaps a side trip in the car to explore new neighborhoods with a group of friends or family may be on your agenda. Be sure to stick to the areas you know well…and take alternate transportation for little ones who may get tired (i.e. strollers, wagons or even Dad’s shoulders).
KEEP YOUR FEET COMFY
While your princess may insist on having matching shoes to go with her costume, keep in mind that the shoes used for dress up may not be the best for hitting the road. Be sure to check the weather and choose footwear that can be adapted for the changing conditions. There’s nothing worse than wet or cold feet to put a damper on trick-or-treat fun. If your little ghoul will be wearing shoes that tie, make sure they are double knotted to keep him or her from tripping.
STAY VISIBLE AND WELL LIT
Most trick-or-treat hours are during dusk and dark, so it’s hard for motorists to see little ones. Help them out by adding reflective tape to your child’s costume and making sure they take a flashlight or glow stick with them. It’s always a good idea for an adult to tag along with an extra flashlight as well.
MAKE SURE COSTUMES ARE SAFE
Be sure to check costumes and shorten any parts that are too long that may cause tripping, as well as extra holes, baggy areas or capes that may catch on branches or other objects.
Your favorite superhero may be able to navigate the dark streets with a mask, but your munchkin should not. Be sure to avoid masks that may impair the vision of your trick-or-treaters. Face paint and a little creativity usually make for a more comfortable option.
USE FLEXIBLE PROPS
While some costumes may call for a swashbuckling sword or crime fighting pistol, be sure that your props are made of plastic, foam or rubber and not metal. You don’t want to damper the fun for others by causing an injury!
CHECK THE CANDY!
Parents, be sure to check all candy before it is consumed. If the candy is not in its original wrapper or looks suspicious, throw it out. If it’s homemade (unless it’s from Grandma or a trusted source), it’s probably best to dispose of it as well. You can never be too careful!