Halloween is one of the most popular holidays for people of all ages. Whether you are trick-or-treating, attending a party, or just taking in the festivities, it is always important to remember to be safe. Halloween is one of the few holidays that has its whole celebration at night. While night time is perfect for spooks and scares, it can also be dangerous. The following tips will help to keep you – and your family – safe this Halloween.
5 Halloween Safety Tips That Every Working Parent Needs to Know
1.) Plan the trick-or-treat route ahead of time
This is especially helpful when you are new to a neighborhood. If you are unfamiliar with an area, it is easy to get lost, or walk into a part of town that might be a little dangerous. A day or two before Halloween, take a drive around your neighborhood. Plan out the streets that you want to take your children, and look out for any suspicious activity. Of course, most neighborhoods are safe, especially ones with children, but it is better to scope it out for yourself. Also, planning ahead will help prevent you from getting lost in the dark!
2.) Drive safely
While you should always practice safe driving, Halloween is night where you should be extra alert. It is dark and may be hard to see children who are walking the streets. Whether you are on the way to a Halloween party, or on your way to work a night shift, it is important to look out for children who may be walking along the sides of the street. Also, be sure to check your surroundings carefully before entering and exiting a driveway. If you are a parent to a teenager, or if you have a younger sibling who is an inexperienced driver, encourage them to stay off the road on Halloween.
3.) Wear something reflective
Once again, trick-or-treating is something that takes place entirely in the dark. Many costumes are also dark, coming in shades of black and brown. With the lack of light and the darkness from the costumes, this makes it very hard for drivers to see small children who are on the road. To prevent this, attach a safety light to your child’s costume. A small reflective badge will work as well. These tiny lights will help them stand out in the dark. Make sure that someone is carrying a flashlight while walking the streets. Even glow sticks can be helpful (and might even make the costume look cooler, too!) Check out these ones here.
4.) Halloween Costume safety
Costumes are one of the best parts of Halloween. However, it is still important to practice safety when dressing up for Halloween. Make sure that the costume is not too long or flowy. Many costumes contain capes or other long accessories. While these may look cool, they can be dangerous for children to walk in. A cape could easily get stepped on, and a child could trip and fall while walking from house to house. Be sure that all costumes are at an appropriate length. Also, make sure that masks have adequate eye holes cut into them. Finally, be sure to dress for the weather. Nights in New England can be very cold. Make sure that your child has enough warm clothing on underneath his or her costume to keep them cozy for the night.
5.) Check the candy before consuming
This can be especially hard for children. With a giant bag of candy, it can be difficult to resist the urge to snack. While most candy is probably ok to eat, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Make sure that your child does not eat any of the candy until it has been brought home and checked by an adult.
With these tips, we hope that your Halloween will be as safe as it is fun! From everyone here at Northeast Med Staff, have a happy and safe Halloween!
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