Halloween is a fun night for children. But it's also a night that carries some risk, and parents want to make sure their children stay safe when they're trick-or-treating. Here are some tips to help make sure your child has a fun and safe time while heading out for candy this year.
Child pedestrians are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. That's because there are a lot of children out that night, and many aren't paying enough attention to cars and traffic. Be sure your child knows the rules when it comes to traffic safety.
- Stick to sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks or paths, walk as far off to the side of the road as possible and walk on the left side of the road, so that you are facing traffic.
- Use the crosswalk and any traffic signals when crossing the street. Be sure to look left, right then left again for oncoming traffic before stepping into the road.
- Walk, don't run. Many pedestrian accidents occur when children run out into the road.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the road.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up, and keep out of the way. The drivers may not be able to see you.
It's fun for children to dress up. But some costumes can cause them harm. Take steps to make sure a costume can't hurt your child in any way.
- Costumes should be easy for drivers to see at night. Use bright colors. Or, if the costume color is dark, use reflective tape or glow sticks.
- If your child is wearing a mask, be sure he or she can easily see out of the eye holes. The mask shouldn't block your child's vision in any way.
- If your child is using face paint or makeup, put a little of it on your child's arm first. Make sure there is no allergic reaction before applying to your child's face.
- There should be no tripping hazards on your child's costume. For example, don't use capes or dresses that are too long, or any material that trails on the ground (such as a tail).
- Make sure all parts of your child's costume are flame-resistant.
This is the best part for children, going out for candy! Follow these simple steps to help keep your child's trick-or-treating successful and safe.
- Have your child stick to familiar areas and be home by a certain time. If possible, plan the route before your child goes out.
- Only let your child go trick-or-treating in a group under adult supervision. Make sure he or she knows to stick to the group at all times and knows who all of the adults in that group are.
- Make sure you have the contact information of any adults who are trick-or-treating with your children.
- Have your child carry a flashlight with fresh batteries to see where he or she is going.
- Make sure your child has a cell phone, but only for use in case of emergency.
- Have your child eat only factory wrapped candy. Avoid homemade treats, unless they are made by someone you know well.
- Remind your child that if he or she gets separated from the group, they should stay where they are and wait for the adults to find them.
- Remind your child not to go into any stranger's house without an adult.
The Herrera Law Firm wishes everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!