5 Safety Tips to Remember for Trick or Treat
Are you getting ready for a Halloween night full of fun? Trick or treat can be a fun family outing that everyone can enjoy safely. These tips will help make sure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time. Traveling in groups, wearing visible, well-fitting costumes, and abiding by normal traffic laws will make sure everyone has a great time trick or treating and gets home without injury!
Do Not Travel Alone.
This is particularly relevant for parents who live in larger towns and cities. When your child is begging to go trick or treating with their friends instead of walking around with you, suggest you all walk together in a group. Staying together makes you all more visible for drivers and it ensures that your child is safe and remains that way for the entire evening.
Choose the Right Costume.
To avoid injury costumes should be properly fitted; costumes that are too loose or too long may cause tripping, masks that are ill-fitting can be a breathing obstruction. Choose a costume that properly fits your child and make sure that they wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. Lots of walking while trick or treating can mean sore feet and an unhappy night for all but more importantly costume shoes that they’re unaccustomed to can cause children to fall.
Be Clearly Visible!
I know it’s tempting to let children wear an entirely black robe to be the grim reaper but without some reflective bits or coloring drivers are not going to see your child. They’re children, having a costume that is a little less gruesome is not such a bad thing especially if it means they will be visible to drivers and safety officials. The same goes for treat bags and strollers. Stick on some reflective tape or stickers and allow trick or treaters to carry flashlights; this will help them see, avoid trips and falls, and it increases their visibility!
Normal Traffic Rules Still Apply.
Many towns make sure to notify drivers that trick or treat is happening on a certain night. This does not mean that it is safe to dart out into traffic or cross the street without looking. I know it may seem like common sense but it’s important to make sure that you are aware of your surroundings when crossing streets and walking through any area that may have vehicle traffic. Checking before you cross streets and intersections will also reinforce to your children that this is always necessary and that they too should double check!
Check Treats First.
Eager little hands will want to start eating treats as soon as they get home but it’s always a good idea to look through the nights haul before they dig in! Check for any allergens that may apply as well as any treats that seem tampered with. Remove any candy that could be a potential choking hazard for your child. Once you’ve inspected all the treats you can feel safe in allowing your child to go through them and enjoy!
Trick or treat can be a fun family outing that everyone can enjoy safely. These tips will help make sure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time. Traveling in groups, wearing visible, well-fitting costumes, and abiding by normal traffic laws will make sure everyone has a great time trick or treating and gets home without injury!