Halloween is a beloved holiday for most youngsters. They get to dress up as their favorite character, stay up late, play outside, ring doorbells, and eat free candy! It is a perfect play-day for most kids full of candy and costumes.
While Halloween is meant to be a little scary, as a parent the thought of letting your children run around at night knocking on doors can be frightening. Still, Halloween can be both fun and safe for the entire family if a few precautions and safety tips are followed.
Have a fun and safe Halloween by following these Halloween safety tips:
Trick or Treating
One of the major Halloween safety tips for kids is to ensure that your children do not go unsupervised while trick-or-treating. It is important to have a parent or adult with them at all times. By doing this, you can ensure their safety and keep them out of trouble.
Although there will be an adult or parent coming along, it is important to teach your children some rules. Make sure your children know the rules of the road, what to do if they are lost, and the rules of who to trust. Teach them the importance of stranger danger and who to trust when help is needed!
Rules of the Road:
- Stay on the sidewalk
- Do not walk on the roads
- Only cross the road at designated crosswalks
- At crosswalks with a light, always wait for the walk sign to light up before crossing the road, even if there are no cars in sight.
- At crosswalks without a light, always look both ways and wait for oncoming traffic to see you and stop before walking out into the road.
- If there’s no sidewalk to walk on, stay on the far edge of the road, facing the oncoming traffic as you walk so that traffic is not coming from behind you.
- Don’t trespass into people’s yards.
A safe Halloween costume is helpful to a child’s safety. It’s important to make sure your children have bright or reflective colors on their costume. This will help drivers identify them at night. You can use reflective tape on a child’s shoes, back, and other places of the costume to ensure that drivers and other people can easily see your children in the dark.
It is important to find good and safe areas for your children to trick or treat. Don’t take them down a dark neighborhood in a dangerous area of town. Stick to the lit up safe areas to help ensure the safety of you and your children!
The Candy Police
Many children have parents who are self-proclaimed candy police. They are the ones who dig through the candy stash at the end of the night confiscating candy (usually for themselves). Though this will frustrate your children, it is important to monitor how much candy your children eat. You don’t want to wake up to a sick child with a stomach ache from eating too much candy!
Another tricky way to keep your kids from eating too much candy is to make sure they eat enough on Halloween day. If your child has a real dinner before going trick or treating their tummies will be full enough to keep their candy cravings at bay, if only a little.
Knives and carving tools used to carve up jack-o-lanterns can be dangerous for kids to handle themselves. Instead of letting the kids actually carve out the pumpkin, instead let them empty out the insides of the pumpkin, and draw the designs with sharpie.
For an extra level of safety, or for really young kids, you can even skip the knives all together and just decorate your pumpkins with paint!
Candles with an open flame can have a lot of hazards. So instead of using candles to light up your jack-o-lanterns, use flashlights or battery operated candles. Not only is this safer, but battery operated candles are really cheap too!
We hope you have enjoyed our Halloween safety tips. By following these Halloween safety tips for kids, you and your children can have a fun and safe Halloween. Have fun, and stay safe!
Check out how to have a fun and safe time trick or treating this year, “Having a Great Time Trick or Treating.”
Make some cute, cheap Halloween costumes for your kids this year, “8 Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas on a Budget.”