Halloween Trick-Or-Treating Safety
The best part of Halloween for many is the trick-or-treating. From dressing up to passing out candy, or even hanging out with friends, this scary holiday can become less spooky when you are safe. Many accidents that occur on Halloween involve trick-or-treaters. This Halloween keep everyone safe. Use these tips to help prevent accidents from occurring while trick-or-treating.
Always Accompany Children
Never let children trick-or-treat alone. Have a trusted adult accompany children. It’s even better to walk in groups, especially as it gets darker out.
Use a Flashlight
Flashlights make it easier to see around you and the potential hazards on the ground. It also helps cars and other people see you too.
Use Sidewalks and Crosswalks
If possible, use sidewalks to keep out of traffic. If there are crosswalks, use those as well. It’s never a good idea to enter traffic. If your neighborhood does have crosswalks or sidewalks, stay to the edge of the road and look carefully before crossing the street.
Do Not Enter Houses
If someone invites you into their home, do not enter alone. Only enter the house if accompanies by a trusted adult. Only visit homes that are well lit.
Wear Reflective Clothing
It can be hard for drivers to see trick-or-treaters at night. Add reflective elements onto children’s costume to improve their visibility.
Avoid Ill-fitting Costumes
Costumes that do not fit properly can become a tripping hazard. If the costume has a mask element, make sure that visibility is not impaired. Impaired visibility could be dangerous, especially when walking around at night.
Be Careful of Accessories
If a child’s costume has accessories, (such as a sword, lightsaber, etc.) make sure they are soft and not sharp. Children could get hurt by these while running around.
Avoid Decorative Contacts
Avoid using decorative contact lenses. Many are unsafe and could be irritating. There have been some cases where these contacts have caused permanent eye damage. If you want special contacts for Halloween, visit a reputable eye doctor.
Be Aware of Food Allergies
If you or your child have food allergies, be mindful of them during Halloween. Only take treats that are store bought and wrapped. By doing so, you will know exactly what ingredients are in the treat. Teach children how to politely turn down homemade Halloween treats.
Don’t Use Shortcuts
When approaching a home, make sure to stay on driveways and paths. Do not cut through yards. It’s hard to see all the terrain dips and changes at night and could result in injury. There may be hazards lying on the ground that are hard to see at night as well. You should also avoid alleyways or other shortcuts when walking around. Stick to well-lit paths.
Watch out for candles
Candles inside of pumpkins or other decorative items are a popular Halloween element. However, they can also be a big fire hazard. When approaching houses with jack-o-lanterns or other luminaries, be cautious!
Be safe while trick-or-treating this Halloween. Always be cautious when walking around at night. Have fun and Happy Halloween!