I can’t believe that it is Halloween already (where has the year gone?). My daughter is quite excited about it and is counting down to “the big day”. My husband and I, on the other hand, are just praying that it is not wet and windy again this year (the last two years were horrible weather, with freezing temperatures, gale winds and pouring rain). Despite our prayers, the forecast does not look too promising, so I suspect we’ll be hauling out the rubber boots and raingear!
With all the excitement that surrounds Halloween, it’s easy for kids to forget what they should do to stay safe. Halloween safety starts with the costume itself. Have your kids choose costumes without masks or oversized skirts and capes that they can trip on. If their costume includes any accessories, such as swords and knives, make sure they are short, soft and flexible. Increase your child’s visibility by attaching reflective tape to their bag and costume and/or having them carry a flashlight.
My daughter is still too young to go out trick-or-treating on her own, so my husband and I accompany her and a friend (neither one of us wants to miss out, so we put some candy in a bowl on the porch and trust that there will be enough for everyone until we get home). However, since it would be ‘mortifying’ for Mom and Dad to actually be seen, we stand at the end of each driveway while she and her friend go up to the door.
It is a child’s tendency to want to criss-cross down the street, hitting houses on either side of the road, but this is a dangerous practice. They should go down one side and then back the other, walking on sidewalks if available or, if not, on the grass or edge of the road, facing traffic. It is especially important that children be careful when the weather is bad, as it is even harder for drivers to see them when it is dark and rainy.
Despite their desire to start enjoying their goodies immediately, ask that your children do NOT eat any of their candy until they get home and it can be checked for tampering. I hate to think that people would do such a thing, but better safe than sorry.
For other things to keep in mind prior to heading out on Halloween night, check out this website.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our children’s excitement, that we forget the things we should do as homeowners, to keep trick-or-treaters safe. Be sure to remove any obstacles from the lawn, path and porch in front of your house, so that children don’t hurt themselves. It is also preferable to illuminate pumpkins with something other than a candle (e.g. battery-powered candle), to minimize the risk of injury from fire.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!