With the Halloween holiday just days away, kids of all ages are enjoying the festivities of trips to the pumpkin patch, costume contests, haunted houses, and pumpkin-carving fun.
Halloween may traditionally be viewed as a “kid’s holiday,” but our little ones and teenagers are not the only ones who look forward to this spooky, candy-filled holiday each year. As parents, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of Halloween as well.
If your plans entail hosting this year’s neighborhood Halloween party, staying in to watch scary movies while greeting trick-or-treaters, or anticipate having a few little goblins over for your child’s spooky sleepover; make the night memorable while still taking precautions to help avoid mishaps and injuries this Halloween.
Simple Safety Tips to Keep Your Loved Ones Safe on Fright Night:
Have healthier treats for trick-or-treaters, such as low-calorie snacks. For party guests, incorporate a variety of fresh fruits and veggie platter options.
Always have a plan in place for party guests to get home safely if serving alcohol at your home.
Let your kids or grandkids know that they are to check in with you throughout the night. Give them a reasonable time frame to check in by phone or to stop back home every so often.Light your walkway to prevent trick-or-treaters and other Halloween visitors from falls and to avoid potential injuries. Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible.
When using props as part of a costume (swords, knives, pitchforks, etc.), ensure the tips are smooth and flexible to avoid injury.
Entertain while keeping guests in mind who may have food allergies. Try to have gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free snacks available for your party guests.
Equip your trick-or-treaters with flashlights that have fresh batteries.
Never walk too close to Halloween décor containing lit candles. When buying costumes, be sure they are flame-resistant.
Small children should never use pumpkin carving tools. Parents can do the cutting.
Animals should be inside on Halloween with an arsenal of chews, toys, and treats to keep them occupied while the doorbell is ringing with eager trick-or-treaters.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see your trick-or-treaters, or accessorize costumes with glow sticks.
Ensure your child is accompanied by a trusted neighbor or friend while trick-or-treating. If you have teens going to Halloween parties, remind them about the dangers of drinking and driving and make yourself available to be a designated driver.
Teach your kids about not going to stranger’s cars and to avoid talking to strangers walking by while
Yummy treats and candies can sometimes get opened before your trick-or-treaters arrive home. Make sure you layout all candy and closely inspect before eating.