Trick-or-treating, and fear-filled fun may be what many children anticipate with Halloween approaching, but approximately 75% of parents have concerns regarding safety as it relates to Halloween. With fall festivals, trick-or-treating, and other activities it is important to discuss Halloween safety guidelines with your children. We’ve gathered a few helpful reminders from Safe Kids Worldwide and the Centers for Disease Control as they relate to this annual Autumn tradition.
- Make sure that any long hanging materials, such as dresses or capes, are pinned to an appropriate length to help avoid tripping.
- Any weapons or accessories associated with the costume should be made out of soft and flexible materials.
- Reflective tape strategically placed on a child’s costume can help make them more visible after dark.
- Glow sticks or flashlights make excellent accessories to help make children visible to drivers after dark.
- Always inspect candy before children dive in to enjoy their goodies.
- Look carefully for wrappers that appear to be open or that have been tampered with and for any choking hazards.
- Discard any candy or treats that are not individually wrapped.
- Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating.
- Only children over the age of 12 that are responsible enough should be granted the privilege to trick-or-treat without an adult.
- If a young adult is granted the opportunity to trick-or-treat without an adult they should always have a friend or group of friends with them.
- It is important to stay in familiar areas.
- Always look both ways before crossing the street.
Stay safe this Halloween, and don’t forget to share your Halloween pictures with Sixes Living!