From trick or treating to spooky costumes, Halloween is the highlight of the season for kids and adults alike. We’ve all seen the Halloween movies full of pranks from houses being teepeed with toilet paper to creepy murderers coming after strangers so how do you keep all of the paranoias at bay on Halloween? Here are some tips for staying safe on Halloween and avoiding those creepy crawly fears.
Tips for Staying Safe on Halloween
May sound simple enough but I promise there’s more than what you’re thinking to consider for staying safe on Halloween.
Safety with Decorations
Setting up decorations can be so exciting when it comes to holidays but it’s important to do it safely. If you have carved pumpkins be sure that you place your pumpkin away from any curtains or flammable objects. An even better option than a lit candle is to place a battery-operated candle or a colorful glowstick inside your pumpkin. Not only is it safer but a glowstick can give and added effect that you wouldn’t normally see on pumpkins.
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Though little decor lights aren’t as big of a threat as they use to be, be sure to turn off all lights before ending your night. You never know when an accident could happen or an electrical problem that could start a fire.
Safety in Your Yard
- Older kids can maneuver around easily but for those little ones its important to remove all garden hoses, toys, and other potential tripping hazards from your front yard and walkways.
- Make sure everyone has a clear view of where they are walking but checking outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs where needed. You can even add more lighting for extra safety
- Clean up all yard debris, even wet leaves or snow to keep all walking surfaces firm.
- If you have overly excited pets when the doorbell rings, its best to restrain them so they do not jump on or bite a trick-or-treater in excitement.
Safety for You and Your Family
When it’s finally time for you and your little trick or treaters to venture out, here a few things to incorporate.
- Be Aware – teach your trick or treaters to aware of their surroundings and if they notice anything weird or suspicious to alert you right away.
- Be Comfortable – as cute as some of those costume shoes are, sometimes its best to opt out of wearing them and putting a comfy pair of shoes on your kiddo instead. The same goes with masks, consider face paint over a mask so they can see clearly. They will still get to enjoy these accessories at home.
- Be Seen – it’s never a bad idea to illuminate your trick or treaters when walking around late at night. Grab some reflector stickers, glow sticks, or fun flashlights to keep them safe.
- Take a Photo – many kids love to wear trending costumes so it’s always a good idea to take a photo of your child before heading out so you know exactly what they looked like in case something goes awry.
- Throw it Out – most parents take the time to sort through their kid’s candy but if you don’t, no is better than never to start doing so. If anything is homemade, been open or repackaged, throw it out! It’s better to be safe than sorry and there’s typically plenty of candy to go round.
While you’re walking around with your little trick-or-treater you can be certain in knowing that you did your very best to follow tips for staying safe on Halloween.