10 Halloween Safety Tips Every Parent Needs to Know
Ever think about how strange some of our Halloween traditions are? The biggest one probably being that we encourage kids to ask strangers for candy. But, your little trick-or-treaters are undoubtedly more concerned about the candy they will collect than their safety. So, check out these Halloween safety tips to ensure your little ghosts and goblins have a fun (and safe) night.
1. The Perfect Costume = the right length + easy to see!
The number one, most important Halloween safety tip: make sure other drivers can see your child! If your trick-or-treater has their heart set on being a stealthy ninja, deck out their costume with glow sticks and fun, light-up necklaces. Let them pick out their glow sticks and necklaces at the store. This can help them get excited about the idea and more likely to wear them.
6. Read the Labels and Inspect
Every year we hear about the crazy things people may be trying to sneak into children’s Halloween candy. So, it’s a good idea to go through their candy and look for anything suspicious.
Signs of tampering with Halloween candy may include:
- Candy that’s repackaged into gift bags
- Wrapper discoloration or wear
- Small holes or tears in wrappers
If any of your trick-or-treaters have allergies it’s also important to read their candy’s labels and the candy of anybody they may share with.
9. Make your Jack-O-Lantern Glow
Swap out the candles for glow sticks. Even though the candles that go in pumpkins are small, having an open flame while children are roaming the sidewalks and yards can be disastrous. Play it safe and light up your pumpkins with a glow stick or battery operated candle.
10. Clear Out the Yard
Remember, kids don’t always follow the sidewalk to your door. Even if you’re not going to be home to hand out candy, make sure your yard is free of tripping hazards. Also, turning your porch light on may help avoid injuries. If you’re not passing out candy, leave a sign on your door but keep your house lit.
For more Halloween safety tips check out this article from HealthyChildren.org. And most importantly, have fun! Child safety is important and we hope these Halloween safety tips will help your family have a fun and safe night of trick-or-treating.