Halloween Safety Tips
The holiday season is upon us! For those who celebrate, Halloween is a night filled with creativity, fun, too many sweets, and perhaps a bit of stress. It’s important to remember that the quality time spent with your children is incredibly important to their healthy development, and Halloween night is an excellent time for family bonding and socialization in the community. The following tips can help ensure your children have a fun yet safe trick-or-treating experience!
- Make a plan of action before heading out for the night. Knowing what neighborhoods or areas you and your child will visit is important. You’ll want to feel comfortable and safe walking during dusk in these areas. Try to pick locations with sidewalks and crosswalks, and avoid walking in the road.
- Encourage cautious behaviors in your children. Those under 12 should be accompanied by an adult, but children mature enough to participate without supervision should understand safety practices. Make sure to encourage trick-or-treating in groups, walking only on sidewalks, and for unsupervised children to be home by a predetermined time.
- Be thoughtful about the costume your child will wear. When choosing costumes for your children, ensure they fit well to avoid stumbling or falling. Instead of masks that obstruct one’s vision, use face paint or makeup to complete a costume. If possible, choose light colors for clothing; dark colors are much harder for drivers to see in the evening.
Whatever you and your child decide to do on Halloween, make sure it’s a thoughtful, safe decision. The most important thing you can do for a child is to make them feel supported, safe, and loved. Holidays are a perfect time to practice these ideals, and we hope you and your child have a spooky, fun, and safe Halloween 2022!