With Halloween right around the corner, it is time to get some Halloween Safety Tips for Kids in order. We all understand that we need to check our child’s treats before they can eat any and only to go in neighbourhoods that we know. But what else can we do to keep our little ones safe as they charge down the street in search of the best house in the neighborhood (we have one that gives out regular sized candy bars – SCORE!)?
Here’s some quick and easy tips for Halloween safety.
Glow sticks for the win! You can add it to their costume in some way or just toss it in their pumpkin bucket (it’ll glow and you can see if from far away)
The other option is to have your kids carry a flashlight. (Just make sure they know not to shine it in someone else’s eyes!)
Reflective tape is something I’m considering this year (I’ve heard it has varying degrees of success.) Sometimes the tape can fall off if the kids are running and their arms rub on the tape, so if you can, add a few stitches to the ends to help it stay on the costume. You can also add the tape to specific locations on the costume (such as on the back, or on shoes) to help identify your child easier!
Costumes That Properly Fit
You know the kids are going to run so make sure that all capes, pants, dresses etc allow them to walk safely. Too many kids take a tumble as they rush to the next house, and some of that is preventable.
Facepaint vs Masks
Since mask can make it difficult to see at night, consider using facepaint instead. Little kids rarely keep masks on anyway, so really, you’re helping yourself in the long run, as they’ll inevitably ask you to hold it and then POOF, half their costume is wasted.
Plan Your Route
If your children are old enough to go in a pack, make sure they know where they’re allowed to go. Map out a route of acceptable areas. It’s also good to remind them to only go to houses that have lights on.
Have older kids? You can use their phones! The purpose for this is two fold: First, if they get too far ahead, they can simply pick up the phone and either using the map or the phone app, contact you directly. Second, because if in the event they are unable to use the phone (or too busy collecting candy!), you can use the ‘Find my Child’ app available from Apple. Yes, it costs a bit of money, but it can give parents peace of mind and sometimes that’s totally worth the cost.
Of course, please remind them the phones are for emergencies only and they aren’t to look at them while they are walking.
And don’t forget to have fun! Hope you get a lot of yummy treats!