Halloween is right around the corner! From dressing up to trick-or-treating, it’s one of the most fun and exciting holidays of the year for adults and children alike. Still, it’s also a holiday that can involve certain risks that parents and children must be aware of. It’s always a good idea to educate communities on the importance of safety on Halloween, both outside of your home AND at home.
OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME…
If you’re a parent, you probably already know that strangers don’t always want the best for your children as you do. If your kids are trick-or-treating, check all treats before they are allowed to eat them. Throw away anything that doesn’t come in a pre-wrapped package if it isn’t from a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member. Furthermore, children under the age of 12 should always be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating.
Similarly, if trick-or-treating isn’t a primary activity in your neighborhood, consider an alternative to trick-or-treating such as taking your child or children to a haunted house, hayride, or other type of Halloween party/fair that is being organized by a familiar source.
Child pedestrian safety is one of the biggest concerns and problems on Halloween, especially at night. Make sure that you and your kids are lit up and easily visible from afar, whether that be with flashlights, glow sticks, reflective tape, or an all-around light-up costume (which can also look really cool!)
While trick-or-treating or simply walking around in costume, always walk on the sidewalk or pedestrian paths. Cross the street at corners using traffic signals and crosswalks, and be on the lookout for turning cars. Drivers also need to be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and should slow down.
Talk to your kids about these simple precautions that will help keep their Halloween fun AND safe.