Tonight is the big night! It’s that one time of year where children can eat unlimited candy, play games, and run around – all while dressing up in a cool costume. It’s an exciting day for kids, and as fun as Halloween is, there are always safety precautions that you and your kids should take. Follow these tips for a happy and safe Halloween night!
Some costumes have a lot of bells and whistles. While that might be nice for pictures, try to avoid overly elegant costumes. Long dresses will usually end up stuck in a bush, or with someone getting tripped. Any swords, bats, or anything similar should be soft. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure they’re able to see clearly out of it. Masks that only cover the front of the face are usually OK; ones that cover the whole head can slide around a lot! As an alternative, try using makeup or face paint. On a final note, decorative contacts lenses should be avoided. They aren’t good for your eyes, and they could make it harder to see at night!
It’s understandable that your kids don’t want to trick-or-treat in the daylight. If they’re going out in the darkness, make sure their costumes have something reflective or bright on them. A flashlight is always a good idea. And as for drivers – they should be driving extra carefully on Halloween night – but there will always be people that don’t. Your kids shouldn’t assume they have the right of way! Stay on well-lit side roads, and avoid any main roads with small shoulders.
Also make sure your kids stay away from unlit houses. On that same token, make sure they never go inside a stranger’s house to get candy, even if they’re told it will just take a second. When you come home and dump all of the candy on the floor, it’s important to remember that unsealed candy should be thrown away. The same goes for any candy that looks suspicious or isn’t in the original wrapper. You can never be too careful nowadays. When in doubt, throw it out.
If you own a pet, they should be in a different room while trick or treaters are coming to the door. Many pets are scared of Halloween costumes. You don’t want your pet running out the door, especially if they’re running after a trick or treater! You don’t want your pets near the Halloween candy, either.
Above all, remember to have fun! These are general safety precautions that parents and kids should know, but always remember to use your head!
Felicia Walkins is a freelance writer for Jackson Twenty-one. Connect with her on Google+.