Halloween Safety Guide for Kids (and Parents too!)

With Halloween just around the corner, we are all up for a good scare.  But not when it comes to our children’s safety.   Which is why following Halloween safety guidelines is super important.  Wondering what those are?  Well, you’re in luck because today we are going to share all of the Halloween safety guideline you should know to help keep you kids safe during all of the festivities this month.

As much as kids love Halloween, their parents know there is a fine line between holiday fun and Halloween safety concerns.  On average, the chance of a child getting hit by a car while out trick-or-treating doubles than any other day of the year.  This doesn’t just involve getting hit by a car while crossing the street though.  This also includes getting hit by a car in a driveway, parking lot, or even on private property.  However, car accidents aren’t the only thing parents have to worry about.  Kidnapping is also a huge worry because Halloween is one of the few nights a year where hoards of children go out at night and are usually unaccompanied by an adult.  Which makes this time of year for child predators.  Scary.  We know.  But whether we like it or not, this stuff happens, and not just on Halloween.  So, to help you make sure that your kids are extra safe this time of year, be sure to practice the following guidelines.

How to Keep Kids Safe During Halloween

There are lots of different ways to keep your kids safe during Halloween.  But costumes, believe it or not, are one of the easiest ways to keep your kids safe!

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1) Costumes

Did you know the costume your child wears can either endanger them or keep them safe?  It’s true!  So choosing a costume that helps your child easily be seen by drivers is on of the best things you can do when practicing Halloween safety.  Here’s how you can do that.

  • Put together costumes that are bright and even better…reflective.
    • If you costume isn’t reflective, you can apply things like reflective stickers or tape to help your child be more easily seen.
  • Make sure your children’s shoes fit well and that there aren’t any loose shoe laces so that your child is less likely to trip over their own shoes.
  • Double check that every part of your child’s costume (wigs, accessories, etc.) are fire resistant.
  • Don’t buy any masks that can block your child’s vision.
  • Purchase non-toxic makeup and always make sure to test it on a small area first before you apply all over.
  •  Have kids wear glow sticks or flashlights with their costumes to help them be more easily seen.
  • Make sure your child’s costume is the right size to prevent any trips or falls.
  • Don’t use decorative contact lenses.  Although these are a lot of fun, they can cause pain, inflammation, infections, and even serious eye disorders that can result in permanent vision loss.

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2) Trick-0r-Treating

This is probably the best part of Halloween.  But if enough caution isn’t applied, a lot of things can go wrong.  So to help keep your kids safe while out trick-or-treating, here are best Halloween safety practices to follow..

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be out alone without an adult.
  • Kids old enough to be trick-or-treating without an adult should be in groups and stick to familiar and well-lit streets, buildings, and neighborhoods.
  • If your kids are going going out without an adult, make sure to go over their trick-or-treating route with them.
  • Make sure you children know to never enter a stranger’s car or home.
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they get home.  Sadly, there are people out there who will alter the candy they hand out so they can cause harm to children.  So make sure you examine everything first before you give the OK.
  • Teach your children to look both ways and not run when crossing streets and to also not look down at any smart devices while they are walking.
  • Although they shouldn’t look down at their phone while they’re walking, your children should definitely have a cell phone on them so they can easily get ahold of you.
  • Only go to homes that have porch lights on.
  • Decide on a specific time when kids should return home.

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3) Carving Pumpkins

Carving pumpkins is simply the best!  But, a lot of injuries can happen while creating the perfect jack-o-lantern.  So here are few halloween safety guidelines you can follow to better ensure that your Halloween doesn’t also include a trip to the ER.

  • Don’t allow small children to carve their pumpkin.  Have a grownup do that part for them.
  • Think about using a battery powered candle or even a flashlight or glow stick instead of a real fire to better avoid any fire hazards.  If you have your heart set on using real candles though, just make sure they are placed in some kind of votive to keep them stable.
  • Keep lit pumpkins away from flammable objects and off of highly trafficked paths.

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As we’re sure you realized, there’s a lot to remember when it comes to Halloween safety.  But, if you start going over things today, you will be well on your way to having a very safe and extremely fun Halloween!  Do you have any Halloween safety guidelines that you practice at home, but didn’t see mentioned here?  If so, don’t be a trickster and make sure to treat us with what you do in the comments below!

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Happy haunting!