October is upon us and before we know it, little ghosts and goblins will be taking to the streets for the annual rite of trick-or-treating. Sure, part of Halloween is having scares and experiencing fright – but only when it’s in good fun. To help you and your family have a safe and spooktacular Halloween, below are some easy-to-follow Halloween safety tips.
Halloween Safety Tips for Parents
As a parent, Halloween is scary for reasons other than ghosts and goblins. The safety of your child on a day that invites real creeps and monsters is your main concern. From haunted hayrides to costume parties to trick-or-treating, keep in mind the following Halloween safety tips:
Whether for scaring visitors or picking pumpkins, hayrides are a favorite Fall festivity. Just be aware of the possible dangers.
- Make sure your children understand and follow the rules such as no standing while the hayride is moving.
- If there’s a horse pulling the hayride, make sure your child knows not to startle or otherwise provoke the animal.
- Hold on to your small children. Even a little bump in the road can be dangerous on a ride without seatbelts
- Pay attention when getting yourself and your children in and out of the hayride. This isn’t a car you’re getting into.
- Read the rules of the hayride before arriving. For instance, some hayrides ban wearing Halloween costumes.
- You’re on a farm, so wear closed-toed shoes… or wish you had.
Costume Party Safety
a costume party is a fun alternative to trick-or-treating, but you’ll
want to know a few things before letting your child attend.
- Make sure the party is supervised— but specifically, who will be supervising? Confirm that the other parents and/or neighbors who will be there are people you trust.
- Ensure that your child’s costume doesn’t interfere with his or her ability to walk or see safely.
- Find out if the host plans to take the party of kids trick-or-treating. If so, see our next tips for trick-or-treating safety.
with a flashlight, don’t eat any candy until inspected, don’t cross the
street without looking—you basically know the common-sense safety
measures when it comes to trick-or-treating. But have you thought about
- Find out who your neighbors really are if you haven’t already and avoid houses with sketchy owners.
extremely careful walking in or near streets. Children are more than
twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any
other day of the year. Not to mention, the number of road rage incidents
- Get up to speed with the understanding of situational awareness.
More of a mindset than a skill, situational awareness is essentially
knowing what’s going on around you and being able to detect threats.
Having a situational awareness mindset is especially important on
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