Make sure to set ground rules with your children to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment during the holiday. Let's check out some of the most important Halloween safety tips below:
Adult Supervision and Walking Safety
- Children under 13 should not be left without adult supervision at night, and especially during Halloween. If your child is old and mature enough to go out on his or her own, make sure they are with a group of friends (buddy system!) that stick to a path they are familiar with.
- Make sure you children are crossing the street at designated crosswalks, and are obeying street signs. Remember to always look twice!
- Tell you children to walk on sidewalks or paths, not on the street.
- Make sure your child knows not to go into a stranger's house without adult supervision.
- Tell your children to never accept rides from a stranger.
- Try to reduce flammable objects on your child's costume.
- Put reflective tape on costumes and bags to help drivers see your kids. Also, have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- Masks can obstruct vision. Try and substitute facepaint for bulky masks.
- Avoid sharp objects at all costs. Dull, short, and safe is the way to go.
- Make sure to examine your child's treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
- If you are unsure of a treat's safety, throw it away!
- Try to stick with the common, more well-known treats to avoid any complications. Avoid homemade treats from strangers.
- Slow down. Even if the speed limit is usually higher, take the extra precaution as children will be out on the town.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.
- Exit your driveway slowly and carefully.
- Use your headlights earlier than you are used to in order to see kids at a farther distance.
If you follow these safety tips, we know you will have a wonderful time with your family this weekend. Now go dress up, have some fun, and enjoy Halloween with your family!