Halloween is a lot of fun for kids of all ages. Here are some safety tips that might be useful for both kids and parents.
Halloween Tips for Kids
- Make sure you are visible in the dark. Use reflector tape on costume if possible. Carry a flashlight.
- Stay on the sidewalk. Walk, don’t run!
- Follow traffic signals. Look out for cars coming out of garages too.
- Wear comfortable shoes and costumes that aren’t too long so you don’t trip. Don’t wear your Halloween mask till you’re at the door, avoid them if possible. Paint your face instead. You need to see where you’re going.
- Stay in your area. If your parents have mapped a route for you stay on it!
- Don’t go alone. Be with a group accompanied by at least 1 adult.
- Carry a cell phone if possible or make sure the adult in the group has one.
- Knock only on homes that are lit. Stay away from dark unlit homes.
- Watch out for Halloween décor with candles and flames. Don’t go near any flames.
- Keep away from any pets/animals you encounter.
- Eat your treats only when you get home and parents have looked over all the treats.
- DO NOT EAT ANY OPEN CANDY--anything that is unwrapped.
- Don’t be out too late.
Halloween Tips for Parents:
- Make sure an adult is accompanying your child. Go with them if possible.
- Talk to your children about the dangers out there before they leave home.
- Plan a route and ask them to stay on it.
- Buy or make only costumes of flame retardant material.
- Make sure kids costumes aren’t too long and they’re wearing comfortable shoes.
- Ask your kids to bring candy home and scan for unwrapped treats or any that looks suspicious.
- Limit the amount of candy your child eats.
- Keep all pets indoors and away from the trick-or-treaters.
- Keep the driveway well lit.
- Avoid using flame lit jack-o-lanterns. Use battery powered ones. If you do use candles keep them away from areas where the trick-or-treaters might be walking or standing.
- Drive out of your home extra carefully making sure there are no kids on your driveway.
- Don’t spend a fortune on the costumes. Find cheap Halloween costume ideas online or buy ones that you might be able to sell off next season on eBay.
Simi Thomas is an author specializing in family and parenting. She is a regular contributor to http://parenting.smatix.com. She lives in California.