For children, nothing compares to the excitement and mystique of Halloween. Kids can’t wait for the sun to go down so they can put on their costumes and hit the streets.
Unfortunately, Halloween doesn’t come without some risks. Kids are four times more likely to be struck by a car on October 31 than on any other night.
This means you need to set some Halloween rules to ensure your kids stay safe and have the best time possible.
Let’s go over five tips that will help your family have a safe Halloween.
1. Remain Visible
Many of the classic Halloween costumes such as Dracula and Frankenstein are predominantly black. These make your kids very hard to see for drivers.
If your child insists on a dark costume, make sure they wear plenty of reflective tape. You should also equip them with glow sticks and flashlights.
Even if your child wears a bright colored costume, they should still wear reflective tape that makes them stand out to drivers.
2. Go as a Group
A great safety measure is to have your kids team up with their friends while trick-or-treating. A large group is more visible to drivers.
This is a much safer option, especially if they’re old enough to trick-or-treat without you. They’re less susceptible to other crimes such as kidnapping.
They need to understand that nobody should ever go off on their own. Make sure the buddy system is strongly enforced.
3. Consider Your Child’s Costume
In addition to remaining visible, your child’s costume should fit right. This cuts down on the chance of accidental falls.
You should also use face paint instead of masks. Many Halloween masks are very hard to see out of. You want your kids to be able to easily see any oncoming traffic.
Finally, make sure any wigs, caps, or other accessories are flame resistant.
4. Plan Your Route
Mapping out your route is always a good idea on Halloween night. This gives you the opportunity to only go down streets that are well lit and have a sidewalk.
You can also avoid the busier intersections. Instead, opt for quieter streets with little traffic.
Planning your route in advance also means you’ll only visit the homes you’re familiar with. Without a plan, there’s a chance you’ll veer off course and end up too far from home.
5. Everyone Take Their Cellphone
If your kids are old enough to trick-or-treat on their own, make sure they take their cell phones. This ensures you can get in touch with them right away.
They’ll also have the ability to call for help if an emergency occurs. This could make all the difference when dealing with a pedestrian accident.
Make sure all their friends are carrying cell phones as well. You can also suggest they set an alarm that alerts them it’s time to head home.
Take The Proper Measures and Enjoy a Safe Halloween. Halloween is a blast, but it comes with some hazards. Make sure you implement the safety rules listed above to ensure your kids have a safe Halloween.