It’s just about that time of year! With this super sweet holiday, be sure to make it a safe one as well. With help from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), I have created this safety guide for parents to ensure this Halloween is surely a treat!
When it comes to costumes:
- Steer children in the direction of bright fabrics, even better ones that are reflective
*** Add reflective tape to costume and trick or treat bags
- Make sure shoes fit comfortably and costume is of appropriate length to prevent any nasty falls
- Suggest hats or non toxic face paint instead of masks as a safer alternative
- Avoid swords or costumes with violent props
***A child can be easily injured if he trips/ falls
- Do not wear decorative contact lenses. As creepy and fun these might be, these lenses are not prescribed by a professional, cause serious damage and are in fact illegal.
When it comes to pumpkins:
- Young children should be encouraged to paint their pumpkin, not carve for obvious reasons
- For carved pumpkins, use flashlights for the safest lighting option. If candles are insisted, votive candles are safest.
- Candle lit pumpkins should never be left unattended
- Place lit pumpkins someone sturdy and far away from flammable objects (ex. Curtains)
When it comes to your home:
- Double check outdoor lights for visitors/ replace burnt bulbs
- Safety proof your outdoors for trick or treaters. Remove anything children could potentially trip over (ex. Flower pots, garden hose)
- Sweep wet leaves on pathway and steps, maybe even snow!
- Restrict pets from contact with visitors due to excitement (jumping, biting) or allergies
When it comes to trick or treating:
- Children should always be with a responsible adult, even just around the neighborhood
- Only knock on doors with lights on, that is the universal sign for “guests are welcome”
- Carry a cell phone (parents)
- Use sidewalks and stay on well lit streets
- For safety reasons, do not cut across yards
- Always use crosswalks and look both ways before crossing
- All children and adults should carry a flashlight
- Be sure your child is familiar with 9-1-1 in case of emergency
When it comes to health:
- Before children go wild, an adult should examine all treats throwing away all expired or treats that have been tampered with
- Candy is not the only treat, consider investing in fun Halloween coloring books/ pencils / nick nacks
- Ration candy and other treats to avoid belly aches and further health concerns
Stay safe and enjoy your Halloween!