Halloween is such a fun holiday! You get to dress up, eat a ton of candy, and watch spooky movies. What could be better than that? While Halloween is exciting, it is also important to keep safety at the forefront of the occasion. Since Halloween often involves trick-or-treating with children in dark streets, extra precautions should be taken to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Here are some tips to make sure your Halloween holiday is full of safe, fun, and spooky memories:
1. Plan a route in advance. When you are out and about trick-or-treating, it’s easy to get turned around, which means trying to find your way home with a cranky, tired princess or firefighter in tow. Costumes are normally pretty uncomfortable, and you don’t want to have your superhero or movie star out past bedtime in an uncomfortable costume. That’s no fun for anyone, which brings us to our second safety tip.
2. Wear comfortable shoes. This one is super important! If your little girl insists on having the perfect, glittery shoes to complete her ensemble, make sure they are comfortable for walking the planned distance. Those rubber or hard plastic “dress-up” heels can be a recipe for disaster. Try to find an alternative shoe for your child’s costume, like tennis shoes or ballet flats. It goes without saying that you, as the adult, should be wearing comfortable shoes as well.
3. Don’t let your child out of your sight. While it may be tempting to send your older children out on their own to trick-or-treat, it is important that you stay with them. It’s just a fact – everyone is safer when you stick together. Not to mention, you’ll get some pretty great pictures and make some incredible memories. You wouldn’t want to miss out on that!
4. Check your child’s Halloween candy. While we hate to think of it, sometimes, the candy our children are given whilst trick-or-treating may be tampered with in some way. If a candy is out of the wrapper or looks like it has been opened in any way, throw the candy out. No matter how unpopular you may be for throwing out the only Kit-Kat bar, you can rest assured that you are being a responsible parent and doing everything you can to protect your child.
5. Carry a glow stick. What kid doesn’t love glow sticks? Your child will think it’s fun to carry a glow stick or wear a glowing necklace/bracelet. While they think it’s just a fun Halloween prop, you know that it will help them be seen by any moving vehicles. Keeping your gang visible is another step to having a safe and memorable Halloween evening.
Remember these safety tips when planning your Halloween evening. We wish everyone a safe, spooky, and fun-filled Halloween from the HWP Team!