Halloween is a fun and exciting scary time. Kids getting all dressed up as their favorite character, decorating the house. Here are a few Seasonal Halloween Safety reminders for the trick or treaters this year.
(updated for 2019)
Here are 9 Safety Trick or Treat TIPS for children at Hallowe’en:
Make sure your kids wear a properly fitted costume that is bright and non-flammable. For night time better vision, try to eliminate the use of a mask. Use reflective tape on your costume so you can be seen in the dark.
2) THE Hallowe’en MAKE-Up
Use face makeup or enlarge the eyes on your mask so you can see well. When wearing a mask, push it up on your head while walking.
3) THE DOOR and the Lights at Halloween
Teach children to visit the front door of well-lit homes and never go inside. It is a very YIN time of year, make sure you carry a flashlight and watch out for rocks and debris along the way.
If it looks haunted it might be move onward. If the lights are off, no one is home.
4) Pick a Safe Street and Route on Halloween
Help your child plan a route one side of the street first, with NO zig-zagging across the street. Set a time to be home. This year we ended up on a busy thoroughfare, make sure you help all the kids in your group get across safely, walk don’t run, all shoelaces tied. Which brings me to Halloween Tip Number 5.
5) USE The Sidewalks on Halloween Night
Remind children to always walk on the sidewalk, and obey traffic and pedestrian signals. Make sure the kids don’t run across the neighbor’s lawn, it teaches them to respect other people’s property as well as for safety reasons. You don’t want your kids to trip and fall over someone’s Noma lights.
6) Halloween Treats – Check it Twice.
Have an adult check treats at home or in the car, before allowing children to eat them. Period!
7) The Younger Children vs the Older Kids on Halloween.
Younger children should go trick-or-treating with an adult. Older children are reminded to trick-or-treat in groups and be mindful of the little ones.
However, let’s be smart, I saw a lot of older kids in groups and they weren’t even dressed up. That is intimidating for the homeowners giving out candy.
If you have taller kids like I do make sure they say trick or treat, thank you, mind the little ones and at least wear their Costume.
8) Bring a Cell Phone and A Flashlight on Hallowe’en.
Teach children their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost. Give them a cell phone to check in with you. I personally don’t let my kids go out by themselves. I get dressed up and walk with them. However, we shall see how my teenager feels about that this year.
9) Water to Keep Hydrated on Hallowe’en
It can get hot under a costume, especially when walking long distances during Trick-or-Treating. Remember to carry with you a few bottles of water with you!