It’s the one holiday you get to be whoever/whatever you want and eat way too much candy. We would all like to think that Halloween is full of harmless tricks and sweet treats, although not everyone is aware of the hazards that could occur if you’re not setting a plan for safety. Goblins, Ghouls, Fairy Princess’ and Super heroes alike, we all need to be conscious of our surroundings and know the dangers that could transpire on this night of frights! Parents need to be aware of all possibilities so that they can take extra precautions to make this a year of fun, not the year of the ER.
1. Beware of Costume Choice
When you are checking your child’s costume make sure that it is not too long, this could be a tripping hazard. The same goes for accessories, if your child is carrying a sword, stick or cane make sure it is not sharp so that your child is not injured if he does trip. If your child wears a mask, make sure that their visibility is not blocked or limited so that they can better see what’s happening around them.
2. Light up the night
You should obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts. You may even consider reflective tape on costumes and trick or treat bags for greater visibility. Glow sticks and bracelets are also a fun alternative for kids that could also keep them safe when the lights go out. Make sure you stick to streets with streetlights and only approach houses with porch lights on.
3. Follow your mummy
Make sure that your children are accompanied at all times by an adult. Review safety rules with your children before leaving the house to ensure they will not unknowingly put themselves in danger. Never allow your children to approach vehicles with people offering treats. Don’t cross the street without a crosswalk or without looking both ways and always keep communication flowing about the route that you will be taking.
4. Check your treats for tricks!
Make sure you wait until you get home to sort and thoroughly inspect all candy, throw away anything that is unwrapped, spoiled or suspicious. Tampering is rare now days, but not completely obsolete. The following days after Halloween, ration your candy to prevent sweet tooth overload and upset bellies!
Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!