Keep Halloween Fun with These Not-So-Spooky Safety Tips
Posted: October 03, 2019
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FOR KIDS
Halloween is a magical time for kids to enjoy Fall festivals and go trick-or-treating. It is also a time for parents to be aware of Halloween dangers. When celebrating Halloween or trick-or-treating, kids need to have fun and parents need to ensure their kids have fun by keeping then safe from dangerous situations. If you follow these simple safety tips, your kids we have fun and stay safe on Halloween
Trick or Treat Safety Tips
Kids love to trick-or-treat. Going trick-or-treating can be a fun time for kids but keeping kids safe is an important element for having fun. Following a few simple tips will ensure your kids will have fun and be safe going trick-or-treating.
- Plan a Route- Know before you go! Before setting out trick-or-treating, talk with your kids. Know where you are going and how many houses you are going to visit. Limit your trick-or-treating route to well-lit houses in neighborhoods with sidewalks. Knowing before going, keeps kids safe and parents worry-free.
- Supervise Your Children- Know where they are! Keeping a watchful eye on your kids is important for their safety. Know where they are by going along with your trick-or-treaters. By allowing kids to safely explore their surroundings helps grow their independence skills. Let younger kids take the lead by ringing doorbells and saying, "Trick or Treat!" For older kids, you can wait on the sidewalk at each house and still keep a watchful eye out.
- Make Children Visible-See where they are! Going early and carrying flashlights help keep trick-or-treaters visible to others. Give your kids glow necklaces to wear. Put reflective tape on their costumes or clothing, which can be picked up reflective at most hardware stores.
- Stay on the Sidewalks- See where they are! You need to see where your kids are. Remind them to stay on sidewalks and avoid crossing yards. Remind them that lawn ornaments, furniture, and other impediments present tripping and falling dangers. Tell your kids to avoid taking shortcuts across backyards or alleys.
- Cross at the Corner- Stop, look, listen! Kids should STOP at all street corners and stay together in a group before crossing. LOOK before crossing streets and only cross at the corner, use crosswalks, and do not cross between parked cars. LISTEN for car and trick-or-treat traffic before crossing. Remind kids repeatedly to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street to avoid accidents.
- Drive Carefully- Look where you are going! Kid safety at Halloween is your responsibility. You need to see where you are going. Be prepared to drive slowly and follow traffic signals and the rules of the road. Always exit driveways and alleyways carefully. Have trick-or-treaters get out of the car on the curb side, not on the traffic side. Carefully look for children in the street and on medians. Watch for kids darting out in front of you.
Halloween Candy Safety Tips
‘Trick-or-treat, give me something good to eat’! Kids love to get and eat candy at Halloween and don’t always pay attention to what they get. It’s up to parents to keep trick-or-treaters safe during Halloween. Practicing Halloween candy safety tips can prevent trips to the ER and let trick-or-treaters enjoy going door-to-door for Halloween goodies.
- Remove Choking Hazards- Younger trick-or-treaters can choke easily. To prevent choking hazards in small children, remove hard candy, gum, small toys, or peanuts.
- Show and Tell- Make it a trick-or-treating rule: don’t eat any candy before showing and telling. Instruct your kids to SHOW you all their candy before eating it so that you can carefully inspect it for tampering. TELL your kids not to take or eat any candy that isn’t commercially wrapped.
- Throw it Away- Opened, torn, or homemade candy needs to be thrown away. When in doubt, throw it out!
Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips
Halloween means pumpkin carving time. Kids of all ages love to carve pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. It’s important to practice safe pumpkin carving. Practicing pumpkin carving safety tips, helps prevent avoidable injuries.
- Keep it Stable- Always carve pumpkins on a flat surface with plenty of lighting to avoid injuries.
- Keep it Simple- Kids love to decorate pumpkins. To avoid accidents, let your children draw a face on the outside of the pumpkin, then you finish up by doing the carving.
- Keep it Steady- Lighted pumpkins present fire hazards. To avoid fires, place lighted pumpkins away from curtains and other flammable objects, and do not leave lighted pumpkins unattended.
- Keep it Secure- Securing lighted pumpkins when placed outside avoids tragedies. If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure they are far enough out of the way so that children’s costumes won’t accidentally catch on fire.
- Keep it Safe- The easiest way to keep injuries and accidents from happening with outside jack-o-lanterns is to use artificial lighting, such as battery-operated candles.
Halloween means lots of trick-or-treaters running around neighborhoods. It’s important to keep trick-or-treaters safe by practicing safe walking tips.
- Electronic No-no’s- Electronic devices and trick-or-treating do not mix. Kids need to put electronic devices down, keep their heads up, and walk, don’t run across the street to avoid being hit by a car.
- Look up- Teach you kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of cars. Direct eye contact keeps trick-or-treaters from walking out in front of a car that does not know they are there.
- Walk Right- Have your kids practice safe walking. Kids need to always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, have them walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
- Watch Out- Kids need to watch out throughout their route. Trick-or-treaters should watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. The best way to practice Halloween safety is have kids Trick-or-Treat with an adult.
- Supervise Kids Under 12- NEVER let kids under the age of 12 be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Halloween Costume Safety Tips
Halloween means kids will be dressed up in many different types of costumes. Parents want to make sure their trick-or-treaters are safe when going out for the night. Utilizing Halloween costume safety tips prevents accidents.
- Costume Safety- Kids love to dress up at Halloween. Keeping your trick-or-treaters safe includes costume safety. From clowns to princesses, costume safety should be a top priority. Have your kids wear clothing that is bright, reflective, and flame retardant. Avoid long, baggy or loose costumes to prevent tripping. Insist that your children wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes, such as tennis shoes.
- Prop Safety- In addition to dressing up, trick-or-treaters love masks and props. To make Halloween fun for all trick-or-treaters, parents need to keep things safe. If your child is carrying a prop, such as sword make sure that the tip is smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if your child falls on it. Additionally, apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have your child wear a mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. If you use a mask, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
- Nighttime Safety- Many kids trick-or-treat at dusk, to ensure safety, parents need to have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights, to see and be seen. Parents can decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, choose light colors. Additional, make sure any headgear fits and is not loose.
Extra Driving Safety Tips
Parents not only have to drive safely where their kids are concerned but need to watch out for all of the trick-or-treaters going door-to-door and crossing streets. Following extra driving safety tips will help minimize accidents and injuries.
- The Witching Hours- Trick-or-treaters would stay at it all night, if their parents let them. To be safe on Halloween, it’s important to stick to a plan. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours. Knowing neighborhoods trick-or-treating hours will help keep the kids safe.
- Parent Responsibility- As a parent, it’s your responsibility to ensure the safety of your child and other trick-or-treaters going through the neighborhood. You need to eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Also, be sure to turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
By following all of these Halloween safety tips, your trick-or-treaters will have a safe Spooktacular night without worrying about accidents or injuries.