Tips for Kids
Many children have already been taught basic safety tips like looking both ways before crossing the street and not talking to strangers but there are a few extra things your children should know when it comes to Halloween safety.
1. Make sure children are accompanied by an adult.
2. Do not allow children to enter a stranger's house while trick-or-treating.
3. Make sure young children hold an adult's hand while crossing the street and look both ways before beginning to cross.
4. Avoid costumes that constrict your child's ability to move or to see properly – if your child cannot see or move well, he or she may get hurt.
5. Put reflective tape on costumes and treat bags so that you and your children will be visible to drivers.
Tips for Young Adults
Even if your child is old enough to go out with his or her friends without you, you still need to be sure he or she knows how to stay safe. Set some rules for your child before you agree to let him or her go to a Halloween party and make sure he or she understands the following safety guidelines.
1. If you are not trick-or-treating with your parents, stay with a group and make sure your parents know who you are with and how to contact you.
2. Do not give in to peer pressure – many kids use Halloween as an excuse to make mischief by committing acts of vandalism. Participating in these activities can get you in a lot of trouble and someone could get hurt.
3. If you are driving to a party, make sure there are enough seat belts for everyone in the car and do not let anyone who has consumed alcohol drive. It is better to call your parents to give you a ride home and risk getting grounded than it is to end up in the hospital as a result of a car crash.
4. Stick to your curfew – if your parents tell you to be home at 11pm, make sure that you are.
5. Do not eat or drink anything unless you are sure that it is safe. Do do not accept drinks at parties from people you do not know.
Tips for Parents
Being a parent, chances are you always worrying about your child and his or her safety. In addition to teaching your children basic safety principles there are a few extra things you can do to make sure your child stays safe on Halloween.
1. If you are going trick-or-treating with your child, be sure to keep an eye on them at all times. Do not let your child enter someone's house alone and make sure he crosses the street with you.
2. If you are allowing your children to go out with their friends, make sure you know who they will be with, where they will be going, and how to contact them
3. Approve your child's choice of costume. Do not allow them to wear anything that could restrict their movement or vision and, if they are carrying a prop, be sure that there are no sharp edges.
4. Check your child's candy at home before they eat it – stick to factory-packaged treats, avoiding anything homemade unless you know the cook well.
5. Set a time that your children need to be home by and stress the importance of calling you to let you know about any changes of plans.
If you and your children follow these Halloween safety tips you will be able to enjoy your holiday without worry. Accidents cannot always be avoided, but the proper preparation can make a big difference. Brush up on Halloween safety tips yourself and make sure that your children know the basics. If you do, you and your family will have a safe, fun Halloween.