Fall is upon us and with the fall comes Halloween! Halloween can be an extremely fun evening for both kids and parents, but with most Halloween activities being held at dusk or during the evening, it presents some hazards that can and should be avoided. Here is a list of things to remember before you and your little ghouls and goblins head out in search of the houses with the best candy!
- Make sure your costumes are safe:
Costumes can become tripping hazards if the dress or cape is too long, so be sure to keep them from dragging on the ground to help prevent trips and falls. Wear appropriate footwear. Masks can make it difficult to see or breathe. If possible, opt for face paint instead of full-face masks.
- Make sure your children only visit houses that have their porch lights on and that they know to never enter anyone’s home.
- Always inspect ALL of your children’s candy once you return home and throw out anything that appears to be tampered with or anything that you are unsure about. “When in doubt, throw it out”
- If walking, bring a flashlight. Some areas may be quite dark and having a flashlight can help you identify uneven ground and avoid tripping and falling, as well as giving you the ability to keep your little monsters in sight.
If you are driving your clan somewhere for Trick-or-Treating, there are several things that you MUST do:
- Put your phone away and focus on driving: this should go without saying! There will be significantly more people, kids, and pets out on the streets and you will need to have 100% of your attention on the task of driving, Posting Halloween Facebook pictures can wait.
- Slow down: again, the increased pedestrian traffic will require you to drive slower than normal. Allow plenty of time to get to where you are going and understand that children may have on costumes that limit their vision and are more likely to run out in front of you.
- Take off your mask: if you are participating in dressing up and your costume requires you to wear a mask, remove it while you are driving so that your vision is not impaired.
Remembering these few tips can help ensure you and your family has a fun-filled Halloween night, not one to remember for the wrong reasons.