Halloween Safety Tips

| October 23, 2013 | 10 Comments

The night when little ghouls and goblins will be out trick-or-treating is coming up, and if your kids are anything like mine, they’ve been planning their costumes for some time. Halloween should be about fun and a bit of spookiness, but most of all, it should be a safe evening for all. Before you head out to collect buckets full of candy, here are some Halloween safety tips that you should go over with your kids and keep in mind:

  • Buddy up! Even teens shouldn’t go trick-or-treating alone. Under-tens should usually be with a trusted adult or teenager. Pre-teens might be allowed out sans parents, but need to know that they should always stay with the group. Not only does TOTing alone make them more of a target for anyone planning anything unsavory, but it also means that in the case of an accidental injury, they won’t have a friend nearby to alert an adult immediately. Insist that they buddy up and stay together the entire evening.
  • Check their costumes. Face paint is safer than masks, because masks can impede vision. If your child is dressed all in dark shades, put reflectors on the back of his costume, or have him carry a glow-in-the-dark treat bag. Make sure that no one is tripping over his costume and that shoes fit properly. Be sure that any swords or toy knives being carried are soft or flimsy enough that kids can’t injure themselves or others. Finally, give each child a flashlight or glowstick to boost visibility.
  • Keep your eye out for candle-lit jack o’lanterns or luminaries. It only takes a brush with a long costume to cause painful and potentially serious burns. Don’t leave your own flame-lit decorations out; use them in the house or in a window to keep trick-or-treaters safe.
  • Know their route. If you’re going with the kids, then it’s okay to make spontaneous changes to the plan, of course, but if the kids are on their own, then make sure you know the route that they’re planning to take, and be sure that they understand that they’re not to change the plan without telling you first. Have them avoid busy streets or poorly-lit areas.
  • Teach the kids that they’re not to enter anyone’s home unless you have specifically given permission to do so. While it is fine for kids to go into the homes of trusted neighbors, they should know not to go into the home of a stranger. Also, check the sex offender website for your area and if you’re not accompanying kids, have them skip any homes of known sex offenders. Better safe than sorry.
  • Instruct kids not to eat anything until they get home and you’re able to check the candy. Unless you  know the people who handed them out, discard any homemade items. Also toss any candy that has a torn wrapper. The chances of anyone tampering with Halloween candy are low, but it’s always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to food safety.

Most of the time, a little common sense will take you far when it comes to Halloween safety. Have a ghoulishly good time!

 

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  1. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    i think parents should take as much saftey measures on halloween as necesary its a fun time of year but could be a dangerous time of year

  2. Great info, as usual 😉 I shared this post on Family Brings Joy’s Facebook page today. Have a great day! Shan

  3. Ariela says:

    Great advice, it can be worrisome sending kids out.

  4. jodi bradshaw says:

    this might seem rude, but please remind your children of their manners – dont ask for a different candy than what they were given. and remind them to not put their hands in the bowls unless told

  5. crystal says:

    thanks for the safety tidbits, very informative!

  6. Rebecca Sinclair says:

    Great info! We always trick or treat at our mall. It is during the day and so much safer than going at night.

  7. Edrie says:

    Great tips. I lived somewhere once where people handed out candy from the back of their cars. Everyone came out and sat outside and gave candy. I think this was much better than going to unknown people’s houses.

  8. jeanette sheets says:

    hi thanks for the safety and warning tips i will use this info and tell other parents of your review thanks again

  9. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Great tips. Also a great idea for kids to carry flashlight in their bag. Helps if electricity goes out or they get lost. Easy for adults to see the light.

  10. ANN*H says:

    Halloween can be a dangerous time for the kids., especially when their so excited about it. Sometimes they forget the safety issue involved. It is best to go over rules with them so that they remember . Most of all dont let them eat anything they get till it is checked. You have provided alot of good ideas to follow. Have some sort of reflectors or lights so they can see you. So much to remember on a day thats to be fun for them. But better to be safe than sorry Have fun kids 🙂

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