Halloween should be fun for both parents and kids. But it should also be safe. Print the following list of tips to hang on your refrigerator or family bulletin board. Sit down with older kids to go over the ground rules before they head out on their own. Knowing that everyone understands the importance of safety will make you confident that both you and your kids will have a great Halloween.
- Costumes should be of a light color or should have reflective areas, so the wearer can be seen in the dark.
- Costumes should be flame-retardant and not too baggy or long to cause tripping.
- Masks, wigs and hoods should not obstruct your child's vision. If they do, use face makeup instead.
- Avoid letting them wear masks while walking from house to house.
- Let kids carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
- Younger children shouldn't go trick-or-treating alone. An adult or teenager should accompany them. If you have older kids, know where they will be trick-or-treating and the route they plan to take.
- Children should walk on the sidewalks, never in the street.
- If they venture out at night, make sure they carry a flashlight.
- Instruct children to always walk, don't run, and obey all traffic signals.
- Tell them to stay in familiar neighborhoods, and advise against taking shortcuts through backyards, alleys or parks.
- If they go out alone, tell them they must approach only houses that are lit and should not accept rides from strangers.
- Give them a designated time to be home, and consider giving older tweens a cell phone to be able to reach you in case of an emergency.
Advice for you
- Check all candy before allowing children to eat it.
- Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights on.
- Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists and acts of malicious mischief.
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department.
- Don't give homemade or unwrapped treats to children -- even if you know them personally.
-- Compiled by Birthday Express