Of course, you want your children to have a really fun night. But like most parents, you’re probably worried about their safety. Keep reading! From infants to teenagers, below is the maximum checklist for keeping your kids safe during Halloween.
Refresher course on street smarts
The thrill of Halloween, linked with the inevitable sugar rush, can make even the most cautious child forget to look both ways before crossing the street. Regardless if you’re accompanying your children or they are old enough to trick-or-treat with you, parents must review safety skills with their children before letting their costumed little ones go out for the night.
Teach your little ones to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street in front of cars. Also, remind them to follow all traffic laws, cross at designated crosswalks, stay on the sidewalks and obey pedestrian signals at traffic lights. Don’t forget: Drivers aren’t the only ones who can be distracted by texting. Young people must keep phone usage to a minimum in order to stay aware and alert of their surroundings.
Stop costume catastrophes
Minor bruises and bumps and more serious falls can be hindered with some costume common sense. All children’s costumes must fit correctly and be flame retardant. Put a hem in princess gowns and pirate pants so your little one won’t trip. Pick accessories that don’t block your child’s vision and consider swapping the superhero mask for non-toxic face paint.
Oversized or fancy footwear can cause tumbles. Your little one should be wearing comfortable sneakers. Finally, props, such as toy swords or wands, must be pliable and soft in order to avoid unintentional scratches and pokes. If you’re looking for a photo op with your little in full Halloween gear, get the picture before trick-or-treating starts, then leave the less practical costume pieces at home.