Halloween is a magical time for both kids and adults. Kids on Halloween get to experience imagination at its finest, they get to dress up, experience fun scares and spooks, and of course they get to go trick-or-treating for the best food group on the pyramid…candy! Adults also get to enjoy the holiday with fun costume parties and a night out on the town dressed as anything their mind desires.
Halloween is a great holiday for people to have fun and let loose, but we also have to remember to keep safe on Halloween, especially when there are children all over the place walking from house to house in the search of the best candy.
Here are some safety tips you should follow for Halloween this year:
Plan a route in advance
It’s a good idea to set a plan before going on the search for candy. Trick-or-treating could take you several streets away from your house, so you want to be able to know where you are going and how to get back. Avoid long paths by mapping out a route before leaving the house. Stick to paths that you and your child are familiar with so no one will get lost.
Wear comfy shoes
Comfy shoes are the way to go. You want to make sure you and your children are all in comfortable well-fitting shoes. Girls in dresses should avoid heels, and all shoelaces should be double-tied to avoid tripping in the dark. This is just a hazard precaution. You wouldn’t want your children falling over in the dark especially when there are cars driving on the roads and possibly in and out of driveways.
You want to be visible to all of your surroundings when you go trick or treating after dark. Apply reflective tape to your child’s costume to ensure they are seen by drivers on the road. Also, carry a flashlight with you to keep your child’s path lit at all times. Use anything to make them sparkle and shine so they can be seen by everyone.
Make sure all costumes are short
Long costumes that drag on the ground can also be a hazard, especially at night. After purchasing your child’s costume, make sure it’s an appropriate length so they won’t be tripping on it or getting pulled on by things. If the costume you bought for them is too long, hem the bottom so that they will avoid tripping at all cost.
Use flexible props
Another way to protect your children from possible injury is to try to avoid costumes that have weapons as accessories. If your child’s costume must have a weapon, make sure it is rubber or plastic. Choose a prop that won’t cause injury to your child or their friends. This is a very unnecessary hazard to have to lug around all night.
Check your child’s candy
Finally, after the trick or treating is over and done with you should do a quick check of your child’s candy. Be sure to throw away any candy that is not in its original wrapper, or looks as though it has been opened.