Halloween night is almost here–make sure there’s nothing to fear! While some harmless haunts and frights are fun, trick-or-treating can become dangerous if precautions aren’t taken. Busy streets, dark environments, and unsafe costumes can cause your child harm. You can make sure your kids stay safe if you plan and supervise wisely. Keep these simple Halloween safety tips in mind before the trick-or-treating begins.
1. Make sure costumes are safe
Some Halloween dangers are easily avoidable. Inspect your child’s costume to make sure it is free from any potential hazards. Here are some things to watch out for:
- Long costumes: Princess dresses and capes might be cool, but if they drag on they ground, it could cause someone to trip!
- Sharp props: Swords, knives, and other weapons could lead to injuries in a split second. Make sure all props are made of rubber and plastic and are dull and flexible.
- Masks: Sometimes masks can make it hard for your kid to breathe or see properly. Consider skipping the mask and using non-toxic makeup instead.
All it takes is a few seconds to look over your child’s costume to ensure everything is in order.
2. Plan a route
Nothing’s worse than ending up miles away from your house late at night. Not only will everyone get sore and frustrated, but it can also cause you to get lost or end up in a dangerous part of town. Avoid unnecessarily long paths by mapping out your route before you leave the house. Stay in an area both you and your kids are familiar with so no one gets lost, scared, or sore.
3. Set some rules
No one wants to be the overbearing or boring parent, but it is important to set ground rules, especially if your child is old enough to be trick-or-treating without your supervision. As mentioned above, make sure a route is always planned. Other than that, you can set a curfew and encourage your kid to stay with the group and only walking on sidewalks.
4. Increase visibility
If possible, have your kid wear a costume that is bright and reflective. Otherwise, you can apply reflective tape to the costume or trick-or-treating bucket. Give your child a flashlight too.
5. Consider a party
Sometimes the best way to stay safe is to invite other families over for a Halloween party! Consider decorating the garage, holding a costume contest, and preparing games. You might also want to see if local schools, churches, or malls are holding safe Halloween celebrations.
For information on how you and your family can stay healthy, contact Sackett & Associates Insurance Services at (707) 823-3689.