Halloween is a magical time of year. It is a time to let your imagination run wild and for one special night children can be anyone they wish to be, fictional or not. However, for the adults taking little ones trick or treating this Hallows Eve, there are a few safety tips you should follow to make this most of this mystical evening.
Remember to stay on the sidewalk whenever possible and to only cross the street using crosswalks or other designated crossing areas. If you are trick or treating in an area where there are no sidewalks make sure you are walking in the opposite direction of traffic so you can see any cars coming from a distance and have ample time to get out of the way.
Put the Cell Phone Down
This is an important tip for children and their parents. Do not allow yourself or your child to be distracted by a cell phone while trick or treating. Put the phones away to prevent accidents and make sure you are keeping an attentive eye on your children.
Wear Bright Costumes
Wearing bright and reflective costumes greatly reduces the risk of accidents occurring while trick or treating and it is also fun for kids! Glow in the dark costumes are a huge neighborhood hit and allow any incoming traffic to see the trick or treater from a distance.
Use the Buddy System
Try to get a group together to go trick or treating and use the buddy system at all times. Going trick or treating with other kids is fun and engaging, plus groups are easy to see from a distance and far less likely to engage in an accident. Never let children go trick or treating by themselves, there should be at least one trusted adult with the children at all times.
Wait Until You Get Home to Eat Candy
This is perhaps one of the hardest rules to follow. Your just a few houses in and you get a “fun-sized” version of your favorite candy bar (score!) but hold off eating any candy until your lot is safely at home. Not only does this prevent anyone from getting sick due to overindulging too quickly but it is also very important to perform a quick scan of all the candy received once you are in a secure environment to make sure you notice and any pieces that look like they have been opened or tampered with. These pieces should be thrown away immediately.
By following these tips you and your loved ones are all set to have a safe and happy Halloween!