It’s that time of the year again, parents: when superheroes, and ghosts, and princesses (or ghost-princess-superheroes, thank you) all hit the town on their little feet, hot on the trail of one thing… self-actualization. Er, CANDY! Halloween is supposed to be a little bit spooky, and a lot a bit fun, but that doesn’t mean it has to be celebrated without an eye for safety.
An estimated 41.1 million tiny humans are expected to trick-or-treat tonight — and while they’re off haunting the sidewalks in their ghastly get-ups, we know that you as a parent are wondering what you can do to keep them safe, happy, and blissfully unaware (for at least one evening) of the real horrors that lay in the shadows. For that, we wanted to turn to a wonderful list, courtesy of the CDC, with thirteen ways to ensure your child celebrates a SAFE HALLOWEEN.
Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.
Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers. (Make sure to inspect all treats before any can be eaten, especially if your child has an allergy.)
Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
For even more information about Halloween safety, check out our post from last week.