How many times have you seen on your local news, stories about children being hit by a car on Halloween night? That breaks my heart when I hear something like that. For a child Halloween is such an exciting and fun night that sometimes they are so excited to get to the next house that they shoot across the street without thought of even looking both ways. I’ve seen it many times in my neighborhood (thankfully no cars were coming); especially when kids are following each other and one falls behind. They dart across the street just trying to catch up with their friends.
There are many things we as parents can do to protect our children on Halloween night and keep them safe:
- If you’re driving, you have to be aware of the children. Drive SLOW! Watch for children to run out between cars or in the middle of the street. When backing down your driveway be careful and look twice to make sure it is clear.
- Have your child wear clothing with reflective markings or tape. There are also glow sticks (and similar items) that you can buy to have your child wear around their neck or pin to their costume.
- Accompany your child around the neighborhood. If you can’t, make sure another adult is with them. As a parent you know if your child is “old” enough to go around the neighborhood with their friends without you, however it helps to have them wear a watch so they know when the trick-or-treat hours are over and when to head home. Always know exactly where they will be and what route they’re taking.
- When picking out a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
- Check your child’s costume and make sure it’s not dragging the ground where they could trip and hurt themselves. Face paint is always a good substitution for a mask, however if they do have to wear one make sure they have nose and mouth openings and large enough eye holes.
- Make sure they know to only go to houses that are well lit and ones that they know someone is home. They should never enter a stranger’s home.
- Have them bring their candy home first before eating anything. Go through it with them and throw out anything you’re not sure about. Have them eat dinner before they go out trick-or-treating - that way they’re not as hungry. On Halloween night we always order pizza. It’s such a hectic night with trying to get everyone situated that it just seems easier than fixing dinner – plus they kids love it. But remember to order early because I think a lot of people do pizza night on Halloween.
Well, that’s some of the safety tips I can think of. You can find some more here on our website: Halloween Safety Tips. As parents, we all want our child to be safe. Just use common sense on Halloween night. I think it’s really important that you go out with them, especially for younger children, so that you can be their eyes and ears. They’re so excited to be running around to all the houses getting candy that safety is not their top priority – so it has to be yours!