- Instead of having children wear masks, have them wear makeup. Masks can sometimes be hard to breathe in as well as see in. It can be harder for kids to see certain things with a mask on.
- Have children bring flashlights or glow sticks with. This is a great way for others to be able to see you, especially other drivers.
- Make sure the costumes are the right size. You wouldn’t want a costume that is to big where a child could trip over it.
- If possible, try using lighter colors or bright colors so others can still see you. Items that are reflective or that glow are great choices.
- If your child does wear makeup, make sure it’s all removed before they go to bed.
- Make sure your kids are wearing comfortable shoes. Also, if it’s cold out, it’s okay to wear a jacket and even gloves! Make sure they stay warm.
- Try to avoid costumes that need accessories, but if your child really wants them, then make sure they’re flexible ones like rubber or plastic. Most the time kids get tired of carrying those items around with them anyways, so it’s okay for them to not bring them along.
- Always check both ways before crossing the street. It can be hard for drivers to see you at night, so please be careful when crossing any streets.
- Always walk on the sidewalks if there is one. If there are none, make sure you’re walking facing traffic, but still stay further away. This way they can see you better.
- It’s best to walk across the street at corners. Always use crosswalks if there are any around.
- If your child is still young, make sure they’re walking with an adult. I always recommend those that are older to stick in groups. You should never walk alone.
- Don’t ever let small children carve pumpkins. You can always have them draw what they want with a marker on the pumpkin. Then have an adult carve it out.
- Try to consider using glow sticks or flashlights for inside the pumpkins instead of lighting a candle.
- Keep them on a sturdy table or somewhere sturdy outside and away from flammable objects if using candles.
Have a Healthier Halloween:
- If you’re handing items out, instead of candy try something like coloring books, pens, pencils or Halloween toys. Kids will still be happy with these and enjoy their Halloween.
- Don’t let your kids eat any of the candy until you get home. That way you can sort it all out. You want to watch out for any ripped candy or something that may not look right.
- Don’t let your kids eat to much of the candy. Limit the amount that they eat each day.
Decorating for Halloween:
- Be careful of items in your yard if you’re going to be handing out treats. If you’re going to decorate your home, make sure there is nothing that kids can trip over.
- If you have pets, make sure they’re inside. Sometimes pets get scared when there are a lot of people. Try to keep them away from doors when you open them to hand out items for kids too.
- Be careful if you’re using extension cords. Don’t go overboard, as kids may trip over them.
- Make sure to check all lights. Make sure they’re all working. Replace burnt out lights.
- Keep the area clean. If there are any leaves or dirt around the walk way, make sure to sweep that away.
- Keep lighted items away from where kids will be walking. Also keep them away from anything flammable.
- Always keep your porch light on if you’re handing items out.
I hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween this year!