Tips for Halloween Safety

Happy HalloweenHalloween is an exciting time of year. It can be hard not to get swept up in the melodrama of playing dress up, eating candy, telling ghost stories, and watching horror movies. Kids get to be whatever they want and get free treats and parents get to decorate their homes for the festivities. But it’s also important to keep in mind that wandering around after dark and taking candy from strangers has its fair share of dangers. Here are a few Halloween safety tips to keep you on your toes.

First, make sure costumes don’t impair vision or movement. If possible, wear bright colors or walk in brightly lit areas where drivers can see you and any children that happen to be with you. Carrying a flashlight will help you see and be seen.

Go to a neighborhood you know and trust. There is safety in numbers – you could make plans to have children trick or treat together in a group. If you aren’t sure about where to take the kids trick or treating, try finding an event like a trunk or treat or other organized community event that provides a safe place like a parking lot or festival that passes out treats in a safe, controlled environment.

For teens who want to go trick or treating without adult supervision, make sure you know the other people they are going with. Give them a curfew and make sure they have their cell phone on them, fully-charged. If all else fails, offer to be a taxi service in case of emergency.

Halloween is a time for fun and games, but it’s important to be aware. Halloween safety is an aspect of the season that should not be ignored. Have fun and stay safe this October.