Number one rule is not to eat all the candy the same day if you want to avoid a sugar rush, food coma, and a tummy ache. Joking aside, Halloween is a holiday where streets are swamped with pedestrians, most of whom are children. Take special precautions and follow our Halloween safety tips, and – happy Trick-or-Treating!
How to Cross the Streets
Children are more likely to be hit by a car on a Halloween than on any other day. Luckily, you can take extra precautions to keep them safe. Children should always be under adult supervision. For those who are mature enough, they can stick to larger groups of friends. Everybody should pay extra attention to cars, maintaining eye contact with the driver when crossing, and generally using crosswalksand traffic lights instead of running across the street.
Children should stay on the sidewalks and map the route in advance. Nobody wants to get lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood at night. It’s best not to run around, especially on the lawns where kids can easily trip on Halloween decorations. If your child has food allergies, it would be best to wait with sampling candy until you reach home.
Make Costumes Safe
Wearing costumes with face masks can diminish a child’s vision. It’s always better to turn to face paint and makeup where it’s applicable so that they can pay attention to crossings and obstacles. Add some glamour to the costume with LED lights or reflective tape so that they can be seen from a distance. You can always add flashlights as part of the Halloween accessory.
Make sure that children can have a full range of motion with their costumes. They need to be able to move freely without obstructions; otherwise, they might be in danger. It is especially true for selecting the right size. Costumes that are too big for kids, like capes or long dresses, can easily cause tripping and falling. Same goes for heels – make sure you select comfortable shoes.
Be careful about the props so that children can’t hurt others with their accessories. Also, avoid flame-hazard materialsand materials that can cause burn marks. Make sure that it’s easy to get out of the costume for bathroom breaks.
Safety Tips for Drivers
Children will be flooding the streets anywhere from 5 to 10 pm, so all drivers should pay attention and drive slower on Halloween. When you add candy in the mix, children are pretty excited, so they might run on the street, be distracted, not look on the crossings, etc.
Concentrate on the driving, and take more time to make sure it’s safe to make a turn. It is especially true if you are parking or backing up your vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled and be alert on Halloween. If you are driving and wearing a mask, make sure your vision is clear and that nothing is blocking it.
When the trick-or-treating is finally done, it will be hard to put the kids to sleep after all that excitement. Wind down with a good book – you can find many favorite headlines on our Progressive Risingwebsite.