It’s October, which means Halloween weekend is nearly upon us. In just a few weeks, the streets will be littered with costumed kiddies running amok as part of a wild goose chase for candy, candy, candy!
Unfortunately, there are some harrowing statistics about this particular children’s holiday. According to data by SafeKids.org, on average “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.” That said, it’s crucial to prepare yourself and your children on how to keep safe during Halloween.
Here are seven important tips to remember that can keep your kids, and the neighborhood children, safe on this spookiest of holidays.
1. The most popular hours for trick-or-treating fall between 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Be especially alert for your kids during that time-frame, and keep an eye out and drive extra carefully during those hours.
2. Equip your kids with flashlights or glow-sticks to help them see better in the dark, as well as to help them be seen easier by drivers.
3. Decorate costumes and candy bags with reflective stickers, tape, or glow in the dark/light-up accessories. Masks can obstruct vision, so if possible, try to opt for face paint or makeup instead!
4. Costumes should always fit correctly and not drag on the ground. This will prevent trips and falls in the dark.
5. Young children should always have adult supervision, especially at night-time. Urge bigger kids and teens to stick together in groups and stay in familiar areas of the neighborhood. Make sure your kids have a cell phone or access to one when out and about!
6. Always make sure to encourage your kids to cross the street at corners, use traffic signals, and utilize crosswalks for optimal visibility.
7. Never let your kids eat candy that looks like it has been opened, taped, or has any tears in the wrapper!
Stay safe, stay spooky, and have fun!