Halloween is a favorite holiday for children because they get to dress as their heroes and go door-to-door in search of candy. While safety may not be at the forefront of their minds, adults need to ensure that their children are careful and out of harm’s way with the following tips.
Choosing The Right Costume
Whether your child chooses to dress up as their favorite cartoon character or go as a scary ghost, you want your child to be safe on this special day. Reflective strips or material that glows in the dark can protect them as they cross dark streets while trick-or-treating. With bonfires, luminaries and lit pumpkins, your child can be exposed to open flames.
Your child’s costume should be flame retardant and resistant to flames and other fire hazards. If you make your child’s costume, there are flame retardant sprays you can purchase and apply.
If your child’s costume consists of a mask, you may want to opt for makeup instead. However, if they insist on the decorative facial garb, you should choose something with sufficient openings for both the eyes and nose. You can also redesign the mask so only the top or bottom portion is used to give enough sight and air for your child.
Community Halloween Party
If you’re unsure whether you want your children to go trick-or-treating, you can enlist the help of your fellow neighbors to host a community Halloween party. A room at the local Park District or neighborhood backyards can serve as your backdrop. Assign treats, games, beverages and prizes for each household within the community for a bigger extravaganza. You can also have your children parade the sidewalks in search of the best costume.
Trick-or-Treating is a favorite activity on Halloween. Unfortunately, many parents are leery of sending their children out alone. You can make this a supervised fun activity by gathering up your friends and family members and traversing the community together with other adults. If your children are old enough to go alone, GPS tracking devices are ideal because they let you know exactly where your children are through a cellphone app.
Before you child devours their favorite treat, your local law enforcement agency can x-ray the candy for possible contaminations such as razor blades and needles. If you choose to stay home and pass out candy instead of venturing out, you can alleviate unwanted lawsuits and pet bites by putting the family pet in a safe location for the evening.
The right kind of lighting can also illuminate sidewalks, drives and walkways and help prevent children from injuries caused by trips and spills.
Child and Pre-Teen Halloween Fun
For those in search of alternative activities on Halloween, local cellphone apps have the capability to locate your areas community events. Things such as costume parties, parades, festivities at the zoo, pumpkin carving and ghost stories can all be at your fingertips by punching in your zip code.
If your child is a pre-teen or young adult, they still may like to celebrate the holiday. While it can be tempting for some teens to find illegal activities such as egging homes and toilet papering trees, you can take a proactive approach by hosting your own teen Halloween party.
This allows you the chance to keep your children and their friends safe and ensure that your celebration is alcohol and drug-free.
As a parent, it’s your job to keep your children safe no matter what their age. Holidays such as Halloween are no exception and ensuring that they maintain a happy and healthy celebration can be made easy with the above safety tips.