15 Steps to a Safe-tacular Halloween




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Halloween is coming up, and although it is known to be full of excitement and yummy treats, is it also known to be quite frightful! To make your night less scary we have rounded up 15 of the best tips to enjoy a fun, yet safe evening with your children.

1) Have children carry a flashlight or glowsticks. Costumes with light or bright colors, reflective tape or stickers, and light-up sneakers are also great ideas!

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2) Plan your trick-or-treating route ahead of time. You’ll want to look out for any hazards or obstacles that may need to be avoided. It would also be a great time to scope out any public restrooms just to be safe. You never know when Mother Nature is going to call. On that note, costumes that are easy to remove are also a good idea!

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3) Children under the age of 12 should only be out at night with adult supervision. For children over the age of 12, make sure they know to walk in groups and walk in-well lit areas.

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4) Even though little princess dress-up heels may look cute at home, they are just not practical for a long night of walking. Comfy sneakers or shoes will be your best bet. Plus, do you really want to end up carrying your child around the rest of the night, once their feet start hurting?

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5) Over-sized costumes are another no-no. They may get caught on something, or cause your child to trip and fall. And we don’t want that now, do we?

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6) Costumes should also be flame-resistant, which should be a given. Either way, make sure your child knows to stay away from lit candles and luminaries.

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7) If your child must wear a mask, make sure the holes are big enough to allow for full visibility and breathing. Makeup and face paint make for a great alternative! If you decide to go this route make sure to test the paint or makeup on a small patch of skin, making  sure your child does not have a reaction to it. Also, try to avoid decorative contact lenses to avoid eye injury.

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8) Make sure children walk, not run, and stay on sidewalks whenever you can. If no sidewalk is near, walk facing oncoming traffic and keep as far left as possible. Try to cross at street corners, crosswalks, and traffic signals. Always look left, then right, then left again before crossing the street. Warn children to make eye-contact with drivers before crossing in front of them, and that they know not to dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. And remember to keep your heads up, and electronics down.

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9) Any props being carried should be short, soft, and flexible. Something that will not hurt your child if they fall while holding it. Also, try to avoid realistic looking weapons. People and children should be scared enough as is!

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10) Avoid dark, empty-looking houses. Look for houses that are well-lit, as to not disturb anyone who does not wish to participate. Remind children to never enter a home without a trusted adult.

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11) Keep water on hand, to keep children hydrated. Bring a coat for your child if it is cold,but make sure they do not overheat.

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12) Backpacks are a great way to hold lots and lots of candy! Make sure whatever you end up using is easy to carry and lightweight. You also do not want anything that is going to drag on the ground, or has sharp edges.

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13) Try to be finished by 9pm.

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14) Drive safely! Slow down, be alert, eliminate distractions, and turn headlights on earlier than usual. You will want to be extra alert during peak hours, 5:30-9:30PM.

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15) Please be sure to check all of your children’s treats. Make sure all candies are factory wrapped and sealed. Avoid homemade goodies and look for any possible tampering or choking hazards.

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If you follow these 15 steps, you are sure to have a Safe-tacular Halloween!

 

For more information please visit the following websites.

 

http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/

 

http://www.safekids.org/sites/default/files/documents/halloween_safety_tips_0.pdf

 

http://childcare.about.com/od/childsafet1/a/trickortreat.htm

 

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By Lauren DiCamillo of Expecting Parents Alliance of America




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