Halloween can be a very exciting time of year, especially for children. Going out trick-or-treating with friends can often be one of the most anticipated events of the year for a child. While parents love to see their children enjoying themselves, it can also be a highly stressful time. Let’s look at some ways that you can make sure that your kids are safe this Halloween.
First, you should make it easy to keep track of your children, especially if they are going out trick-or-treating. One easy way to do this is to tag along with them.
Plan a route for trick-or-treating. Start on the left or right and go down one side of the street, returning on the other. This helps reduce the amount of times your children have to cross a busy street.
Trick-or-treat with a group. This will allow you and other adults to intervene to protect your children. It will also let you make sure that everyone is walking safely, especially around busy roadways.
You might also want to bring flashlights or lanterns, in case dusk is near and you encounter areas where there isn’t enough street lighting.
Consider avoiding costumes with masks. Masks will obscure your child’s face and make it harder to identify them.
Try to get incorporate a bright color into your child’s costume. This will help you to spot them more easily in a crowd of people. You might also want to place a reflective streak on the back of their costumes.
Make the evening as safe as possible. This can include modifying your child’s costume to make sure that it fits properly. Long skirts or oversized shoes can often pose a tripping hazard.
Be sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. If it’s very chilly, add long sleeves or pants to the costume.
If you decide to use make-up, you should remove it before your child goes to bed. This will prevent them from getting skin or eye irritation, which can occur is make-up products are left for too long.
It’s very important to monitor the candy your child receives. Always check your children’s candy before they eat any. Open items should never be eaten. You can watch for products that may be dangerous to your child, such as small treats (choking for young children) or treats with certain ingredients (food allergies). You should also think about the times when they consume candy. For example, eating a lot of candy can increase the amount of sugar in their blood. This can make it very difficult for them to get to sleep at night.
Halloween is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, especially for children. However, this time can often make parents nervous, especially if their child is going out trick or treating. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be the case. As we discussed, there are several techniques that you can use to make sure that your children are kept safe during this busy time. So, now both you and your children can enjoy Halloween.