My seven year old is going as Gabriella from High School Musical, my five year old as a witch, my 17 month old as a fireman, and my 7 month old as a firehouse dog. Here’s what we’re doing and telling them so that they’ll be as safe as possible. If any one else has any good tips, let me know and I’ll include them next year. By the way, Jane, Libby and I saw HSM3 over the weekend — all in all not bad.
Halloween Safety Tips –
- Wear light colored or reflective clothing/costumes OR buy reflective tape (sold at any hardware or big box store) and place on costume. 3M makes good reflective tape.
- Make sure your kids have flashlights.
- Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground – long costumes present an increased fire hazard.
- Talk with your children about not getting too close to jack-o-lanterns with candles, or any other open flames.
- Young children should have a parent with them when trick-or-treating.
- It’s much more safe for children to travel in groups then by themselves or in pairs.
- Take masks off between houses (better yet, don’t get a costume with a mask).
- Don’t cut through yards — use driveways and walks.
- The best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating are the ones with the fewest cars. Take extra time to impress on your children the need to be on the lookout for cars – they will be excited and crossing the street often. They absolutely need to stop and look before crossing, and young children need to wait for a parent before crossing.
- Feed your kids dinner beforehand — lessens the candy intake (at least a little bit).
- If your older kids are going out alone, it’s best for them to have a cellphone or some means of communicating with you.
- Inspect your children’s candy for open packaging or anything else that might be suspicious.
- AND, although not safety related, talk to your kids about being polite, saying thank you, and not grabbing handfuls of candy when offered.
BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!