Halloween is one of the most exciting and fun times for kids. They get to dress up, play make-believe and the whole neighborhood participates in the fun. To help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Make Halloween Costumes Safe
Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
The Pathway to Your House
To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.
On the Trail for Trick or Treat
A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
Pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween
Remember the importance of reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
Remain on well-lit streets and try to always use the sidewalk. Never cut across yards or use alleys.
Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
These are good pointers on how to make Halloween safe for your kids. They are often excited on the way from house to house so it’s a good idea to have a plan of safety beforehand. Here are more tips and suggestions for Halloween safety from the APA. Have a Happy Halloween! Thaïs