A Guide To Safe Trick-Or-Treating

It’s almost time for Halloween and with that trick or treating and all that goes with it. If your children are going to take part – here are some tips to keep them safe.

1. Beware Of Safety Issues Related To Costumes

Since costumes for Halloween are considered toys instead of clothing, they don't have to go through the same types of testing as standard clothing. Flammability can be an issue with certain types of costumes. Avoid wearing them next to candles or other exposed heat sources.

Some masks and costumes can also make it harder for children to see, hear, or move. Choose a costume that doesn't impede their movements or senses in any way.

2. Safer options than bobbing for apples.

Bobbing for apples can be dangerous. Instead, try hanging donuts from the ceiling and having kids eat them from the strings while clasping their hands behind them. There are a lot of other fun Halloween games involving food that you can try, as well.

You should also consider making your own treats, so you can accommodate tastes, preferences, and allergies. In fact, these spiced pumpkin cheesecake bars are to die for!

3. Decide on a route before Halloween arrives.

Figure out exactly which route you are going to take when trick-or-treating. Drive the route after dark before Halloween to make sure that there is adequate lighting and that there aren't any safety issues. Stay on the sidewalk and only cross the street at designated areas.

4. Make it an early evening.

In most parts of the country, it is dark outside by 5 PM at the end of October. Plan to go trick-or-treating early and don't stay out too long.

5. Ensure that you and your children are visible.

Make it easier for drivers to see children by affixing reflective tape to their costumes. When deciding on a costume, consider choosing something with light colors like orange or white. Ghosts, mummies, skeletons, and other white creatures are all a lot more visible after dark. Fluorescent colors also are a good choice in terms of visibility, whether they are incorporated into the costume or a child's face paint.

6. Only visit houses that are decorated for Halloween.

Typically, people who are open to the idea of trick-or-treaters will put out Halloween decorations like pumpkins.

7. Bring along a flashlight.

If you don't want to carry a flashlight on its own, try putting it inside a plastic pumpkin head. This will make it easy to see the area around you and will also make it easier for other people to see you.

8. Don't allow children to go out alone.

Send an adult in costume with children when they go trick-or-treating.

9. Travel in a group.

Talk to children ahead of time to let them know how important it is to stay together. They should be with an adult or with their friends at all times.

10. Stay safe when walking next to or crossing the road.

There are a lot of distractions when you are out trick-or-treating. Kids and adults alike should practice good safety when walking on the sidewalk or crossing the road. Make sure everyone knows not to text or use their phone when they should be paying attention to traffic.

11. Use a bike light after dark.

If kids are planning on riding their bikes after the sun goes down, they need to be equipped with appropriate lights. This includes a white light on the front of the bike and a red light on the back. Don't forget to include a reflector on the rear of the bike, as well.

12. Remove potential obstacles from party spaces.

If you are having a party at your home, the lights will most likely be dim to create a spooky setting. To keep kids from falling over objects, try to clear the area as much as possible. This includes moving the chairs or tables in the room to an out-of-the-way location.

13. Choose safe accessories.

Some costumes require accessories like swords, wands, or staffs. Talk to kids ahead of time to make sure they understand that their fake weapons can still hurt people. That way, they won't get too into playing their character and inadvertently hurt someone.

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Jennifer Shackelford

Hi, I’m Jennifer, the founder and editor of TheMamaNeeds.com. On The Mama Needs, I write about experience with pregnancy, raising kids, and nutrition for both kids and expectant moms.. I love that blogging brings parents together and lets our readers know they’re not the only ones going through these experiences. I love seeing comments on my posts that say “I thought it was just me! I’m so glad it’s not!” Being a parent is hard, but friends and blogs really help.

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