Halloween can be a fun holiday for children to dress up, play with their friends, and accumulate enough candy to keep dentists in business for years. With all of the fun costumes and delicious treats, it can be easy for kids to get caught up in all of the action and find themselves in a dangerous situation. Here are a few safety tips to share with your little ones before you head out trick or treating Saturday night!
1. Use the Buddy System
If your children are going trick-or-treating with friends, encourage them to stick with the group. Instruct them to never go off by themselves, and to be aware of their surroundings. If you’re walking, carry a flashlight for those dimly-lit streets and if you’re in a car, be sure to look both ways when exiting.
2. Safety Over Style
While long, flowing Queen Elsa costumes and big scary masks can be a lot of fun, they can also get in the way. Make sure your child won’t trip over his or her costume, can see clearly out of any masks, and wears sturdy shoes that will be comfortable for walking all night. It’s also a good idea to stick to bright colors so your child can be clearly seen.
3. Test Your Treats
Be sure to sort through your little one’s candy loot when they get home. Check for opened wrappers, unwrapped candy and treats, or anything that looks suspicious, and throw it away. You could also sneak a few pieces for yourself while you’re at it!
Hopefully these tips will help you and your kids have a safe and only slightly scary Halloween! Do you have any Halloween safety tips to add? Let us know!