Trick or Treating is just about a week away, and as everybody looks for their favorite costumes and plans trick or treating with family and friends, we often lose sight of the dangers associated with this fun activity. There are a lot of people out and about, it’s dark, there are decorations everywhere, and the costumes can make it difficult to keep track of the little ones.
Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids and adults, but to help make it a trick-free treat, you should follow some of these simple safety tips provided by our friends at Safe Kids Worldwide. You can head to their website for an even more expansive list of Halloween safety tips, but we thought these might be of interest for you:
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
These are just some of the great tips over at Safekids.org, but they have plenty more. There are a lot of distractions on Halloween: kids, costumes, candy, and with that comes danger. Kids can dart out into the street, you can easily lose track of your child in a large group, especially when they are dressed in darker colors, ill-fitting costumes that cause a tripping hazard, and so much more.
We hope everybody has a safe and happy Halloween, and we can’t wait to see all of the great costumes at our annual Halloween parades this year!