By: Trisha Novonty, 24/7 Moms
The store aisles are filled with Halloween costumes, candy and decorations. If your children are like mine they are already counting down the days until they can put on those costumes and head out the door for their adventure of collecting buckets and bags full of candy. With all the excitement, it is important to remember to focus on safety for the big day. Halloween can be a fun and safe event if we teach our children to follow these 12 trick or treat tips:
Tip #1 – Purchase costumes that are made of flame retardant material. If making a homemade costume, make sure that the fabrics you use are flame resistant.
Tip #2 – Be sure your masks, costumes, and shoes fit well and are safe enough to avoid blocked vision and tripping, and comfortable enough to be worn for long periods of time.
Tip #3 – Add reflective tape to your child’s costume or allow them to carry flashlights or glow sticks to make them more visible to drivers and to you as they are going from house to house trick or treating.
Tip #4 – Accessories including swords, knives, and masks should be made of flexible products to avoid injuries. You may want to add reflective tape to these as well.
Tip #5 – Children should be supervised while trick or treating- traveling in groups is even better.
Tip #6 – Older children who are allowed to go out without supervision should always travel in groups and have a plan so parents know where they will be at all times. If possible, have them carry a cell phone.
Tip #7 – Instruct your children that they are to only walk on sidewalks or on the far side of the road facing traffic. They are never to take short cuts through backyards, alleys, or parks.
Tip #8 – Ensure your children know to never enter someone’s home or car they do not know and to only visit well-lit houses.
Tip #9 – No snacking while on the go! Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be approved by you. Do not allow your children to eat any homemade or unwrapped treats.
Tip #10 – Remind your kids to never walk near or horseplay around lit candles, luminaries or candle lit pumpkins. For your own front porch you might choose to use battery operated candles or glow sticks to illuminate your carved pumpkins to avoid the risk of fire.
Tip #11 – Don’t approach unfamiliar pets and animals. Costumes can startle animals just like they may startle you!
Tip# 12 – Respect other people and their property by only walking on walkways. Always be polite by saying please and thank you when you leave a home.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!