For many children, Halloween is the most wonderful time of the year. A whole night spent walking around in cool costumes, receiving free candy from friends and neighbors? What’s not to love? However, despite, the fun, Halloween can also be dangerous. As your children go trick-or-treating, make sure they are safe. Here are some tips for child safety on Halloween.
Child Safety on Halloween: Walking Safely
If you let your children go trick-or-treating without you, they will be much safer in a group of friends. There really is safety in numbers! Encourage them to only trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods and areas, to avoid getting lost.
Children are at high risk for being hit by cars at any time, and even more so on Halloween night. However, you can help your child be more visible to vehicles. Try including brightly colored, sparkly, or reflective materials on their costumes. If they insist on that pitch-black witch costume, try decorating their candy bags with reflective tape, and give them a flashlight to carry with them.
Dressing for Success
Make sure that your children wear well-fitting costumes. Awkward fits can be risky. For example, long hemlines, trailing costume pieces, ill-fitting shoes, and masks that impair vision can cause trips and falls as your children wander the neighborhood.
With all the candles flickering on Halloween, fire can pose a serious threat. Check that any costumes, wigs, and other accessories your child wears are marked as non-flammable.
Tricks for their Treats
If you worry about your children making themselves sick on mass amounts of chocolate, make sure they get a full meal before heading out into the night. This can help discourage binge candy-eating. Encourage your kids to ration their candy after the night is over, so that they don’t run out as fast!
Candy tampering is a rare occurrence, but there have been incidents of it in recent years. Check your child’s candy before they dig in, and throw out any unwrapped, spoiled, or suspicious-looking pieces.
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We hope you and your family have a happy Halloween. At Christensen & Hymas, we care about serving and being a part of the Salt Lake area community. If, for any reason, you need help after an injury or accident, please contact us. We will do all we can to help you get what you need to recover.