Sure, Halloween is fun and exciting for the kids, but it can also be stressful for parents. Follow these steps to ensure that everyone has a fun and safe time. Oh, and they’ll also get the best candy in the neighborhood. Blain’s Farm & Fleet is here with some halloween safety tips to help you and your kids have the best Halloween possible.
6 Halloween Safety Tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet
1. Stay visible. Most of the fun on Halloween happens while trick-or-treating after dark. Make sure the kids and the adults are visible to cars at night. Wear brightly-colored costumes with reflective stripes sewn on. If he insists on being Darth Vader – give him a lightsaber. You can make him one out of the kind of cardboard tube that comes with wrapping paper and a couple of rolls of red reflective tape.
Carry flashlights so the kids can see where they’re going and cars can see them. The more light each little ghost and goblin makes, the more visible they are to drivers. A mini flashlight will be easier for younger kids to carry and use.
2. Make sure costumes fit well. Kids in baggy costumes are more likely to trip and fall. The worst time for a child to trip would be in the middle of the street as they’re trying to cross. Also make sure they wear appropriate shoes. Over-sized clown shoes or adult high-heels are dangerous for little feet to walk in. You can also help prevent a fall by opting for facepaint over a mask when possible to help your kids see better.
3. Lay down the ground rules and stick to them. This is one of the easiest Halloween safety tips to let slide, but it’s one of the most important. In the excitement, it’s easy for a kid to forget the rules. That’s why you’re there. Don’t forget to remind them and be firm about it. You’re not a party pooper, you’re protecting them. Make sure everyone sticks together and waits to go to the next house as a group. No one runs ahead. Review the rules for crossing the street with your kids. Cross on a corner and don’t jaywalk. Hold hands while you cross the street. It’s easier for drivers to see groups rather than one child.
4. Bring enough adults to be able to keep track of the group. Try to have at least one adult for every six kids you take trick-or-treating. Each group of kids should be supervised and each chaperone should keep a list of what each trick-or-treater is wearing. Make sure each group has a cell phone in case they need to call 911.
5. At the end of the night, inspect the bag of goodies before letting the kids dig in. Make sure there are no open wrappers on the candy. If you see a candy with an open wrapper, throw it away. Wash any fruit before giving it back to the kids.
6. Set a limit on the amount of treats they can eat each day and enforce it. You don’t want them to get sick from eating too many sweets. Let them enjoy their hard-earned booty in moderation and start thinking of costume ideas for next year.
Follow these Halloween safety tips while you trick-or-treat and you and your kids can enjoy yourselves.