Halloween is an exciting time of year for children, families, and even adults who enjoy dressing up for the annual festivities, like trick-or-treating. While most of the emphasis is on candy and costumes, it’s also important to take a moment to focus on safety.
As part of the Dallas community, we want to make sure that all of the kids and families stay safe this Halloween. To help you cover your basis, here are some safety tips courtesy of our friends at the CDC.
Always Trick-or-Treat in Groups
At no point should a child be sent out on their own to trick-or-treat for candy. Not only can visibility be low after dark, making it harder for drivers to see small children, but it’s also generally dangerous.
Instead, ensure that everyone goes out in pairs or groups and that at least one adult is supervising the children at all times. This isn’t just a safer route; it can be more fun too as heading out on a group adventure can be a great experience on its own.
Use Reflective Materials and Bring a Flashlight
As mentioned above, it can be hard for drivers to see trick-or-treaters after nightfall, especially if they are wearing dark-colored costumes. To make sure everyone can be easily seen, add reflective tape to bags and costuming, and make sure to carry a flashlight.
A flashlight also helps you illuminate the path ahead, making it simpler to avoid obstacles and tripping hazards.
Take Care with Accessories
Some costumes come with accessories like fake swords and knives as part of the look. If your child has one of these ensembles, make sure that the items are made of soft, flexible materials and are an appropriate size for them. This helps prevent accidental injuries to your kids, family, and others who are out trick-or-treating.
You also want to make sure that any masks provide an appropriate amount of visibility, as this helps ensure everyone can see obstacles or tripping hazards that may lie ahead. Additionally, it’s wise to avoid decorative contact lenses as they have the ability to injure the eye, even if the person is used to traditional lenses.
Examine the Treats Before Anyone Eats
Before anyone snacks on candy or other goodies, it’s important that all of the items are first inspected by an adult. This ensures that nothing is going to present a choking hazard and gives you a chance to remove treats that may have been tampered with or that accidentally came open.
Never accept homemade treats from someone you don’t know and trust, especially if any of your family members has a serious food allergy.
By following the tips above, you can make sure that everyone has a happy and safe Halloween experience.