Knock Knock, Who’s There? Halloween is right around the corner and our kiddos will be roaming the streets ~ many with a parent but also some old enough to go out with a group of friends. Halloween can be one of the most fun nights of the year; kids get to dress up in a costume, run around with their friends and collect a bunch of candy! By remembering the following safety tips, it can help ensure it truly is an amazing and safe night!
Safety is of utmost concern on Halloween. Checking these tips and discussing them with your child before heading out on Halloween can help stop any difficult situations:
- Stay with an adult or group at all times. Set up a meeting plan in case you are separated.
- Look both ways before crossing a street.
- Only go to houses that have lights on.
- Stay on well-lit streets and walk on the sidewalk. Don’t take shortcuts. Stay on a path/route that you know.
- Do not talk to strangers. Do not go inside anyone’s house, even if invited.
- Bring a flashlight or wear glow stick/reflective necklace. Apply reflective tape to your child’s costume to ensure they are seen by drivers on the road. Also, carry a flashlight with you to keep your child’s path lit at all times.
- Walk towards traffic and know that drivers may not always be able to see you.
- Trick-or-treating can take you a fair distance from your house, which can cause kiddos to tire easily (especially if they are running to every house like mine do!). Map out a route before leaving the house and stick to paths that you and your child are familiar with.
- You and your children should wear comfortable shoes that fit well. Girls in dresses should avoid heels, and all shoelaces should be double-tied to avoid tripping in the dark.
- Avoid long costumes that drag on the ground. Hem anything that may be too long to avoid tripping.
- If the costume has a mask, ensure it is comfortable and that they can see through the eyeholes. Masks can make it hard for your child to see or breathe. Consider skipping the mask altogether and use non-toxic make-up on their face.
- If your child’s costume has a weapon, make sure it is rubber or plastic. Choose an accessory that won’t cause injury to your child or their friends.
- Once you get home, throw away any candy that is not in its original wrapper, or looks as though it has been opened. Toss candy that is a potential choking hazard for your little one.
- Do not eat homemade treats unless you know the person that gave them to you.
AMO is proud to write for North Fulton Family Life. This article may be found in their October issue out now. All opinions are my own.