Here Are Some Safety Tips For Halloween!
Halloween is here! It is a fun time of year! It can also be dangerous. Even if you live in a ‘safe’ neighborhood, you can never be too safe.
I found some safety tips for trick-or-treaters, parents and home owners. You should use these safety tips to make sure everyone has a fun, safe Halloween!
- Carry a flashlight
- Walk, don’t run
- Stay on sidewalks
- Obey traffic signals
- Stay in familiar neighborhoods
- Don’t cut across yards or driveways
- Wear a watch you can read in the dark
- Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground
- Shoes should fit (even if they don’t go with your costume)
- Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house
- Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props
- (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
- Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape
- Approach only houses that are lit
- Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know
- Make your child eat dinner before setting out
- Children should carry cell phones so they can call home
- Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult
- If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark
- If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material
- Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home
- You should know where they’re going
- Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything
- Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect
- Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones
- Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently bitting a trick-or-treater
- Battery powered jack o’lantern candles are preferable to a real flame
- If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing
- Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a flaming candle
- Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later
- Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins
Since my trick-or-treating days are over, my favorite part is seeing the kids dressed up. It is cute and brings back fond memories of when I was a kid.
What is your favorite part of Halloween?