Halloween seems to be one of the most fun times of the year. The kids are excited with all of their creative costumes and empty bags awaiting the slew of sweet treats that are at every creatively decorated door. During this time of year, it is important to prepare for the event that is “trick-or-treating.” Did you know that twice as many child pedestrians are killed on Halloween night than on any other night of the year? Also, 77% of parents have reported that they are fearful around Halloween for 3 main reasons; their child being hit by a car, their child being poisoned from tampered or spoiled treats, and abductions. I have a few safety tips that can help you keep your small loved ones and yourself safe during this fun but spooky night.

Costume Safety

 

So your daughter wants to be Violet from the Incredibles and your son wants to be Finn from Star Wars. It’s always best to consider that their costumes are the safest for moving around from house to house to gather treats. Be sure to check all wigs, capes, wings, and accessories are fire-resistant to avoid any fire incidents. You will also want to make sure that any costumes that require masks do not obstruct vision. This can become a hazard when children are walking across the street and into houses. Another great safety hack for Halloween would be to add reflective tape to your kids’ costumes and bags. This makes it easier for drivers to see small children while they are out hunting for candy.

 

Trick-or-Treat Safety

 

This topic seems to concern parents the most, as there have been increased reports of abductions, accidents, and injuries in children during this time. The best way to protect the little ones in your family is to have a Halloween safety plan in place. Children should always be accompanied by an adult at each door for added protection. If you have older children, remind them to travel in groups of 5 or more and go over a neighborhood route that you approve of. Remind your children that they should never go into a house or car for any Halloween treats. During the time you are out and about with your family, it is best to keep all devices that can distract away in order to stay alert. It’s best to keep in mind that children should only go to homes that are well lit or obviously decorated for Halloween in order to minimize chances of injury or accident.

 

If you are a family that has decided to distribute candy this year, there are things that you can do as well to avoid injuries or accidents on your property. Remove anything that could be a trip or fall hazard from your porch. If the actual distribution of treats is a concern for you, consider giving a non-food treat to children this year. Treats like coloring books, pencils and small novelty toys are unique and more of a safe way to approach trick-or-treating this year.

Safe Driving on Halloween

If you are deciding to drive your little ones around the neighborhood or are on your way to Halloween party for adults, please be mindful of your surroundings as this time of year can become especially dangerous for children who are out enjoying their fun-filled evening of trick-or-treating. Remember to be extremely alert and remain undistracted while in residential neighborhoods. Be sure to take a little more time at stop signs, stop lights, and intersections as small excited children have a tendency to move erratically. The most popular trick-or-treat times are between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. It’s best to be most alert if you are planning on driving during these hours.

 

Halloween this year can be fun and safe for all if the proper safety measures are considered. Happy Halloween, everyone!