Trick-or-treating is an exciting highlight of the fall season—there’s nothing quite like traveling through your neighborhood with your friends and family collecting free candy! However, there are also some important safety precautions to keep in mind as you and your family prepare for Halloween night.
Choosing costumes is the best part of Halloween. Well, actually, eating candy is the best part of Halloween. But anyways, for those of us who live in colder climates, Halloween costume choices usually have to be considered on an equal level with various weather scenarios. Even though many store-bought costumes are cute and fun, many tend to be better suited for warmer climates. That doesn’t mean costumes meant for warmer weather need to be completely ruled out though. When choosing this year’s costume, make sure there’s enough room underneath to layer warmer clothing so those chilly winds don’t interfere with your night.
Cold weather isn’t the only thing to worry about when choosing a costume. Check that costumes and wigs are flame-resistant and that longer costumes aren’t too long to pose a tripping hazard. Masks can be a fun method of disguise or add essential character traits to a costume, but they also can obstruct vision and be hot and uncomfortable. Make sure that the eye sockets in the mask are large enough for a child to see through, and definitely consider non-toxic makeup instead of a full face mask.
Halloween safety isn’t just about avoiding an accident—it’s also making sure that trick-or-treaters stand out against the night! Bright costumes will automatically be easier to see, but if your child is determined to wear a darker costume like a witch or Batman, make sure they have glowsticks, reflective tape (on the costume itself and on candy bags), and a flashlight. These all will help them see and be seen by drivers.
The most important trick-or-treating safety tip is to talk to your children about what to do in case of an emergency.
Only 35% of parents talk to their children each year about what to do on Halloween.¹ Most trick-or-treating safety tips are common sense for many adults, but kids, especially younger ones, may need a refresher on how to handle possible scenarios. Like what to do if they’re separated from the group, or proper safety precautions when crossing the street. Letting your children know what to do will give everyone peace of mind.
Besides talking to your children, the next best advice to follow when trick-or-treating is to stay in groups. You may want to give them a cell phone in case the group is split up, but having a group all together lowers the risk of an emergency situation. Children under the age of 12 should never be left unsupervised by either an adult or older children.
Once you or your child arrives home, check the candy bags just in case there’s a trick inside. Thoroughly look at your candy to make sure nothing has been opened or tampered with. Cases of poisoning from Halloween candy are extremely rare, but it never hurts to check. If everything looks safe, you’re ready to enjoy the end of the night with your favorite treats!
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