Trick or treating tomorrow night—if you can—is meant to be fun for kids, but it can be scary for parents. But you can get peace of mind by following some simple safety precautions:
- Kids should go trick or treating in groups
- Costume accessories, such as swords or staffs, should be soft and flexible, and shouldn’t be so big or bulky as to be unwieldy. Remember that unwieldy to a kid may be rather smaller than to an adult.
- Be sure your kid is in a costume that doesn’t restrict his or her range of movement or peripheral vision too much—or, ideally, at all.
- If you’re in an area affected by the hurricane, be aware of debris and other storm damage.
- Trick-or-treaters should carry flashlights when going out in poorly-lit residential areas.
- Costumes should have reflective tape. Dark shirts and cloaks my be important to the overall look, but they can make the wearer hard for motorists to see.
- Children should stay on the sidewalk, if there is one, except when crossing streets. Younger kids especially should not cross the street without holding someone’s hand.
- Safety rules still apply on Halloween. Kids should remember not to go into strangers’ houses or cars without a trusted adult with them.
- Costumes should be made of flame-retardant material.
- Don’t let little kids carve pumpkins or light candles.
- Set a Halloween curfew, and stick to it.
- Check treats for choking hazards, and only let kids eat factory-wrapped treats or homemade goodies from people you know and trust. If you didn’t go with your kid, and he or she doesn’t know who gave them a homemade treat, don’t let them have it.
By taking these tips into account, you and your kids can all have a safe, fun, and happy Halloween.