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Fall is by far my favorite season. Everything pumpkin is available, football is back on TV, the weather cools down, and pumpkin patches open. But, there’s one thing about fall that always makes me nervous: Halloween. Why? Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. YEP. These are the family Halloween safety tips we use every year to make sure everyone stays safe.
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Family Halloween Safety Tips
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Don’t let small children carve pumpkins.
Young kids and sharp objects is just a recipe for disaster. Here are a few options instead:
- Have the children be the designated ‘gut scoopers.’
- Let the kids draw the face, and an adult do the carving.
- Or, don’t carve at all! Using paint markers instead is a fun way to decorate pumpkins. And, it’s a lot less set-up and clean-up!
See? Painted pumpkins look really unique. Grab the exact paint markers we used!
My kids love dressing up. So much so that I’ve taken Princess Elsa grocery shopping on more than one occasion, but that’s a story for another day. When picking or creating a costume to wear to school and trick or treating, there are a few things to consider:
- Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. You can even apply reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see your kids.
- Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping.
- Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
- Consider face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks. Wearing a mask can obstruct a child’s vision and could lead to more trips and falls.
- Always test make-up in a small area first to ensure there won’t be a skin reaction. Please make sure to remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Trick or Treating
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Everyone loves showing off their costumes and collecting loot! Be sure to follow these best practices to stay safe this year:
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- Make sure you carry glow sticks or flashlights to help see and be seen by drivers.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a house or car for a treat- even with an adult.
- Teach children to look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
- Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- Make sure children walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Put electronic devices down and keep your head up. Accidents can happen quickly.
- Teach kids to wait until they’re home to dig into their candy. Then you can sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, you should carefully examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
If your older children are going alone, make sure they’re traveling with friends. Plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home and make sure someone in their group has a cell phone.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
- Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
Safety at Home
Making sure our home is safe- not only for our children- but for others as well are essential family Halloween safety tips.
- Make sure your children eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- Restrain pets, so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
- Check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
- Clean up any toys or outdoor gear that could cause someone to trip (hoses, bikes, etc.).
- Consider purchasing non-food treats so that children with food allergies can participate in the fun too. Learn more about making Halloween safe for all kids.
Having fun during the fall and on Halloween is a great way to create memories and traditions with your kids. By following the family Halloween safety tips, you’re setting yourself and your family up to have a safe and memorable Halloween.
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