Halloween is upon us. It’s a magical night – dressing up as whoever you want, and people handing out candy.
I love hearing the giggles of the children –especially my own – when it comes time to dress up and walk around our neighborhood. While my main priority is that the girls have fun, I want to make sure that they are also safe.
Here are a few safety and good-sense tips to keep your little ghouls and princesses safe this Halloween night.
- Add reflective tape to the front and back of your child’s costume so that drivers can see them.
- Make sure that masks and wigs don’t cover your kids’ eyes, noses or mouths.
- Test face paint or makeup on your child’s arm before applying to their face to make sure the paint doesn’t irritate their skin. We found this out the hard way when we did a test run on my daughter. Her face completely broke out.
- Put a nametag with your phone number on your child’s costume just in case they get lost or separated from you in the crowd.
- Make sure costumes fit well and laces are tied to prevent trips and falls while trick or treating. This will keep them safe – and keep your night (and theirs) from being ruined.
- Go trick-or-treating with children under the age of 12. Make sure they know their home phone number and address.
- If your kids are older and want to go trick-or-treating on their own, find out where they’ll be trick or treating and when they’ll be coming home.
- Give your child a cell phone to carry in case of an emergency.
- Make sure older children go trick-or-treating in a group, only go to houses with porch lights on in neighborhoods that you are familiar with and always use sidewalks.
- Make sure children know to never go into strangers’ homes or get in strangers’ cars; just like every other day of the year.
- Make sure they know to always cross the street at crosswalks at nighttime. Our neighborhood gets so congested on Halloween that if kids come out from between cars, it is highly likely that they might get hit by a car.
- Give kids flashlights with new batteries. This helps keep kids aware of their surroundings and makes it harder for them to walk into danger.
- When your child gets home, be sure to check all treats to make sure they’re sealed. Throw out candy with torn packages or holes in the packages. I remember when I was a child, back in the early 80’s, my mom would never allow us to have anything until it had been thoroughly inspected and now, I do the same for my girls.
Share your safe Halloween tips for children.