While the Halloween season is time for fun and family, you still need to remember to keep certain safety precautions in mind. Each year, accidents happen that could be prevented with a little caution and forethought. Knowing what precautions to keep in mind is important, so we have included a helpful list for you below. Take a look at some helpful tips on how to stay safe this Halloween season and enjoy a holiday that is full of fun as well as safety.
1. Choose an appropriate costume.
Children should wear costumes that allow them to move easily and don’t restrain them. Costumes should not pose tripping hazards or be made of any flammable materials. Masks should still allow for the child to see out well, and never should costumes include items that hang tightly around the neck. Also keep in mind the warmth of the costume if trick or treating in cooler climates.
2. Always wear reflectors or lighting when out at night.
When out at night, make sure you and your children are wearing reflectors or lights of some sort. Dollar Tree and other retail stores sell an assortment of glow sticks, blinking clip on lights, and other various reflectors. These can help cars see you better when walking at night. Attach them to costumes for best results.
3. Toss any unwrapped candy.
Even though it may feel wasteful, always toss any unwrapped candy. You don’t want to take the risk of it being contaminated in some way. Only enjoy candy that is wrapped and in its original packaging. Any unwrapped products should be discarded. This also goes for any pieces of fruit, crackers, or other unwrapped products your child may get.
4. Inspect all candy well.
Don’t allow children to eat anything until the candy has been inspected. This means making sure all products are wrapped, and nothing looks tampered with in any way. Discard anything that looks unwrapped, altered, or doesn’t appear fresh.
5. Only visit neighborhoods you are familiar with.
If you won’t be trick or treating in your own neighborhood, make sure you only visit ones you are familiar with. It is important you know the people you are taking candy from and visiting an area you trust. If there isn’t a neighborhood you trust, enjoy a trunk or treat at a local church or organization or some other pre-planned Halloween festivities.
Keeping children safe this Halloween season can be easy when you keep these five simple but important tips in mind! Give them a try and enjoy a Halloween that is enjoyable, memorable, and above all, safe.