As you look around, you can see a green dinosaur on your left and a fairy princess to your right. That's when you know it is Halloween night. However, Halloween scares can become a reality within seconds. Here are five safety tips to remember before trick-or-treating with your little ones.
Always make sure you can be seen in the dark by drivers
Being a ghost can be a fun costume; make sure you can stay visible at night. Plan bright-colored costumes to stand out in dark areas. Make it fun by adding glow sticks to the mix for the kids while you wield a flashlight to brighten things up.
Watch out for costume hazards
It’s no longer the early 2000s where baggy clothing (for men and boys) was popular, so keep the attire well-fitted. It’ll help you from fall hazards. Costumes that are too big or have trailing can lead to tripping. Make sure if you are using masks, they can be seen clearly to prevent tripping or running into things.
Keep in mind the material of the costumes. Costumes made from
synthetic materials can be flammable. Because of this, it’s important to stay
away from open flames. Candles are often in lanterns and pumpkins on porches, so be mindful.
Take a brush to it
Not a complete hazard that will ruin your night, but make sure not to skip the teeth brushing routine. Candies plus poor dental hygiene are the perfect ingredients to develop cavities. To avoid it, when the night is over, and the kids have sampled their findings from the night, send them to the bathroom to floss and brush those pearly whites and save a future headache.
Stay out of homes
Just like you were taught never to take anything from strangers, never enter any homes, especially of people you don’t know, without adult supervision. When scouting homes to visit, stick to the homes that are lit or have Halloween decorations out front. Typically homes that have the lights off and lack decorations are signaling they are not homes to visit.
Inspect the candy your children receive for any hazards or tampering.
While it is unlikely that candy has been tampered with, it is not unheard of, and it is best to be safe than sorry. Be on the lookout for wrappers that appear compromised or wrapping that look like knockoffs of well-known brands.
Now that you’re ready for a safe experience, set the mood for a fun-filled evening by hitting play on our trick-or-treat playlist to begin plotting your candy-hunting routes.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!