Pedestrian-related accidents involving children on Halloween is four times higher than any other time of the year. Halloween safety ensures that all of the little ghouls and goblins who are out trick-or-treating have an enjoyable, safe experience. There are things parents can do to help not only ensure the safety of their children on Halloween but make the experience more enjoyable for everyone.
What can smart parents take with them on Halloween to help guide little ones in this childhood passage of spooky fun? Here’s my list of Halloween safety must-haves based on years of experience with my son and godchildren.
1. Use reflective tape. Add reflective tape to costumes so passing motorists are more likely to see tiny trick-or-treaters walking after dark.
2. Carry flashlights. A good rule of thumb is one flashlight per person. Glow sticks are nice, but they are not bright enough to see where you’re walking, or for drivers to see you.
3. Don’t forget the bottled water. Sugar can make you just as thirsty as salty foods. Wear a backpack if you’re walking and put a few bottles of water in to help parched throats.
4. Bring snacks. Why bring a snack? Two words: sugar high. If you don’t want the kids crashing like they’re in a NASCAR race, take a snack they can munch on. When my son was younger, I would combine toasted Cheerios and M&M’s. It’s a nice snack with the right amount of sweetness. Just don’t eat it all yourself!
5. First aid kit. Carry a small first-aid with antiseptic spray, steri-strips, and bandages. You will be surprised at how many kids (and adults!) in the neighborhood whose rescue you might come to.
6. Don’t forget your mobile phone. They are handy for emergencies. Calling a friend to pick you up because your toddler has thrown themselves on the ground screaming when they refuse to walk one more step is reason enough.
7. Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. Well-fitting shoes that your child normally wears are essential. Sneakers might not complete the “look” for your Action Hero or Princess, but at the end of the night, there will be fewer complaints about sore feet, cold toes, and blister.
Here’s to your safe Halloween! Happy Haunting!
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