Children everywhere are slowly transforming into zombies, princesses and characters from their favorite movies. Adults are preparing outfits they would only dare wear once a year. Halloween is upon us!
On October 31, kids across the country will excitedly wear their favorite costumes and claim tasty treats in the name of trick or treating. Parents can help make sure this Halloween is thrilling, chilling and safe!
Halloween Costume Safety
Half the fun of Halloween is dressing up. People go to great lengths to make their costumes just right. When putting your costumes together, remember that safety is a key component.
Halloween revelers are likely to pass by plenty of jack-o-lanterns and candles. Are your kids wearing fire retardant costumes? Check the labels before you buy. If the costume includes a mask, make sure it provides a clear line of vision. Expand the eyeholes yourself, if necessary.
It’s important for the costume wearer to be able to see … and be seen. Halloween costumes are often dark. Will drivers see your kids clearly? You can always add reflective tape to make them stand out. Some costumes include props, such as a toy sword or axe. These items should be soft, flexible, and not too large for a child to carry safely.
Be Prepared This Halloween
Are your kids trick or treating this year? You may want to choose a route in advance. Decide which blocks and houses your children should visit. As an extra precaution, check for registered sex offenders in the area, or run a background check on any address along their path.
It gets dark quickly in October. Every group should have at least one flashlight. Add new batteries so it has plenty of power. Choose an adult or teenager to accompany young kids on Halloween. Have them carry the flashlight, and a cell phone.
Halloween Safety In Numbers
Every group should have a chaperone. That person is in charge of everyone’s safety. They must keep the kids together at all times, and be especially vigilant while crossing the street. When kids approach each house, the chaperone should be nearby and keep an eye on everyone. No child should ever enter a stranger’s house for any reason.
Before sending your little goblins out, give them a piece of paper with your name and number. If a child gets lost, this will enable a responsible adult to contact you immediately. Give the chaperone a list that includes the name of each child in the group. Include their parent’s names and phone numbers.
If your kids are a bit older, they can join up with friends when trick-or-treating. There is always more safety in numbers, and it’s a good opportunity for people to spend some fun time together.
Halloween Candy Safety
As soon as the trick or treating adventure is over, kids want to dive into their goody bags. Adults should look through the Halloween treats first. If this will take a while, you can always give your kids some candy that you bought to tide them over. Investigate every snack your child receives before they eat anything. Make sure each one is individually wrapped. If anything looks like it may have been tampered with, throw it away.
Parents usually tell their children not to take candy from strangers. This can cause some confusion on Halloween night. Tell your kids that Halloween is a special occasion, like other annual holidays. Explain that it’s the only time they can accept candy from people they don’t know – but that it must be checked thoroughly first.
Have a safe and thrilling Halloween, and thank you for reading the PeopleFinders People Search blog.