The night of Halloween is one of the best of the year for children, but for parents, trick-or-treat time can be a little troublesome. Parents know the drill—they want their children to have an enjoyable but not too spooky time trick-or-treating, all the while staying safe. But trick-or-treating can come with some risks, aside from the dental ones. According to the U.S. Census, there are about 41 million potential trick-or-treaters between the ages of 5 and 14 the night of Halloween. Parents should take precautions to make sure that their little vampires and princesses have a fantastic time.
Introducing your child to Halloween can be the start of a great tradition. But nothing can turn fun into fright faster than an accident. Follow these handy tips and your little Elsa, Batman, or Optimus Prime should be good to go!
- Supervise your children- if your child thinks he/she is too will look “uncool” to have mom or dad tag along, you can always walk on the sidewalk of each house.
- Teach kids to obey traffic signals and signs- as well as advising them to walk on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic (although kids should always stay on sidewalks when possible)
- When choosing or making a costume, pick fire-resistant materials and bright colors.
- Use reflective tape- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends fastening reflective tape to your children’s costume, especially if the costumes are dark-colored, so drivers will be able to see them.
- Reconsider the mask. If your child wears one, make sure it doesn’t obstruct vision or breathing.
- Before you let your child dig into that glorious mass of sugar he/she collected, carefully inspect all food and candy before letting your child eat it (when in doubt, throw it out).
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Harris, C. (2014). Halloween Safety Tips Every Parents Should Know. Retrieved from http://www.parents.com/holiday/halloween/safety/children-halloween-safety-checklist/
Written by: Nada Elhertani, Project Manager, Child and Family Learning Network