How to Keep Kids Safe During Halloween
Halloween is a favorite holiday for kids; it's the one day of the year when you can get dressed up and ask other people for candy. As fun as Halloween is, it's a good idea for parents to encourage kids to practice safe habits when trick or treating. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind this and every Halloween.
- Inspect your child's candy bucket, and throw away any candy that is unwrapped, has a broken wrapper, or any loose food such as apples.
- Make sure you, or another adult you trust is present when your child is trick or treating.
- Trick or treat in large groups.
- Look both ways before crossing streets. Take off any masks or accessories that may block vision.
- Bring a flashlight, or wear reflective clothing when trick or treating at nighttime.
- Trick or treat in neighborhoods you are familiar with.
- Don't go inside anyone's house, even if you are invited in.
- If the weather is cold, wear layers under your costume to avoid getting sick.
- Avoid giving out candies with peanuts in them to keep in mind those with allergies.
Drivers should also practice safe habits while on the roads on Halloween. Here are some tips to keep drivers and trick or treaters safe.
- Always keep in mind the speed limit. Drive under the speed limit in neighborhoods with a lot of trick or treaters.
- Keep an eye out for kids that are wearing dark costumes at night.
- Take a longer time to stop at intersections, and be sure that everyone has crossed the street before you continue to drive.
- Turn your lights on when the sun is starting to set.
- Keep your focus while driving and avoid getting distracted.
- Always have a designated driver when going to parties.
- Keep in mind vehicles that are dropping kids off, and avoid or take caution when passing other cars.