Halloween is probably one of children’s most favorite holidays. It’s easy for kids to get caught up in the excitement and not think of anything other than how much candy they can get in one night. Here are a few Halloween safety tips to keep in mind as your children enjoy trick or treating next week.
Dressing for Halloween
It’s been very cold out lately, so Halloween is likely to be a very cold night. Make sure your kids bundle up. If possible, select costumes with a little extra space underneath to layer a sweater or coat. Also, make sure costumes do not contain any realistic-looking weapons. This may not be something you’ve had to think about in the past, but times have changed and it is definitely a concern nowadays.
Visibility At Night
Make sure your kids can be easily seen at night. The best accessory is a flash light. If your children are unlikely to carry a flashlight all night, a good alternative is reflective accessories. You can even add glow-in-the dark tape to their costumes and/or bags.
Safety in Numbers
Never send your kids out trick or treating alone. Just think about,… they’re roaming the streets alone at night and approaching the doors of strangers. They make easy targets for people who want to do them harm. Always have your kids trick or treat in groups and make sure they NEVER enter a home. For younger children, an adult should always accompany them.
Once your kids get home safely, you’re not quite in the clear yet. Be sure to check your children’s candy. Throw away any home made items such as cookies. Also throw away any items with loose packaging that could have easily been tampered with. This includes lolipops with a simple paper wrapper. Lastly, check all packaging to ensure there are no punctures or other suspicious characteristics. It’s certainly better to be safe than sorry.
More Halloween Safety Tips
The above are just a few important Halloween safety tips. For additional tips and ideas, visit KidsHealth.org. From all of us at Eagle Trust Insurance, we wish you and your family a safe and happy Halloween!