Halloween is supposed to be a scary holiday. We expect to see spooky costumes and terrifying decorations. Some frights, however, are less enjoyable – especially when they involve injuries or lawsuits.
Here are some Halloween safety tips to help parents and their children stay safe while trick or treating.
- Drive safely. If you need to drive on Halloween, be extra cautious. Drive slowly and look out for trick or treaters. Some trick or treaters start early and may already be out on the streets during the evening commute home. Others stay out late. Also, be on the lookout for drunk drivers.
- Remind your teens. If you have teens who will be driving, talk to them about being extra careful, as well. It’s a good time to remind them to drive without any distractions.
- Walk safely. Your children know to look both ways before crossing the street, to use crosswalks and to try to make eye contact with drivers, but the promise of free and plentiful candy may cause this wisdom to be forgotten. Remind your children how to be good pedestrians.
- Provide a light source. Drivers may have a difficult time seeing children wearing dark costumes at night, and children who can’t see clearly may also be prone to accidents. Provide your children with flashlights, reflectors or glow sticks to make both them and their surroundings more visible.
- Pick safe costumes. If your children are wearing masks, make sure they can see clearly, and that the mask does not make it difficult for them to speak or breathe. Also pay attention to any tripping hazards.
- Stay in a group. If you decide to let older children go trick or treating without parental supervision, make sure they stay in a group and have an agreed upon curfew.
- Know your child’s location. If your children are old enough to carry smartphones, consider using a tracking app such as Life360 so you can easily locate them. Discuss the route they’ll be taking before they leave.
- Check the candy. If your child has a food allergy, you need to be especially careful. Also look for choking hazards, open wrappers and anything that looks suspicious. When in doubt, throw it out.
- Keep walkways clear. Safety is important at your house, too. You don’t want a child to trip over a fake skull or slip on a rotten jack o’ lantern while walking to or from your front door. Remember that it will be dark, and some children may be wearing masks that partially obscure their vision. Make sure they can walk safely on your sidewalks and porch.
- Watch your pets. If you’re giving out candy, you’ll be opening the door frequently. You don’t want your dog or cat to sneak out – or to pounce on a trick or treater. Consider putting your pets in a separate room, away from the Halloween festivities.
All of us at Higginbotham wish you a safe and spooktacular Halloween!