TIPS FOR A SAFE HALLOWEEN

When it comes to Halloween, it’s hard to beat the fun for both kids and parents. To ensure that it doesn’t turn into a spooky treat, follow these easy guidelines.

Safety Tips for COVID-19

Whether trick-or-treating or attending a Halloween party, children should remain outside at all times.

Taking sick children trick-or-treating is against the rules.

  • Children should wear a protective cloth mask and stay a safe distance from other people if they go indoors.
  • To keep themselves safe, trick-or-treating children who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine should wear a two-layer cotton mask. Costumes made of cotton are a great option for Halloween masks. Avoid using a face mask to protect yourself. Putting a costume mask on top of a child’s protection mask can make it difficult for them to breathe.
  • When trick-or-treating, children with underlying medical issues should wear masks both indoors and out.
  • Wearing a mask isn’t recommended for children under the age of 2. To avoid the crowds, it’s better to take your kids trick-or-treating as early as possible.
  • Walking and receiving goodies should be done in groups of no more than three children at all times.
  • Consider having your youngster take turns knocking on doors when they’re out with pals.
  • When it’s time to hand out treats at your house, consider sitting outside. When you meet and greet guests, don a mask.
  • Prepare sweets in advance, so they’re ready to go when the time comes.
  • Alternatively, you can leave candy out for trick-or-treaters to collect at the end of your driveway or on the sidewalk.
  • Following a night of trick-or-treating, have your children wash their hands thoroughly.

Making Ghouls and Goblins out of Your Youngsters

  • A light-colored outfit will make you more visible at night. Both the costume and the trick-or-treat bag benefit from the use of luminous or glow-in-the-dark tape.
  • Only buy flame-retardant costumes. Because of this, the substance will not burn. Flame retardant nylon or polyester materials should be used if you are making your own outfit.
  • Make sure your children’s eyes, noses, and mouths are not covered by wigs and beards.
  • It might be difficult for children to see and breathe when wearing masks. Instead, use non-toxic face paint or make-up to get the desired effect.
  • There is no need to wear colored or decorative contact lenses without the supervision of an optometrist.
  • Make sure your children’s outfits have a nametag with your phone number sewn on them.
  • Oversized and high-heeled shoes should be avoided at all costs in order to keep you safe from injury. Make sure that the remainder of the costume is also in good shape..
  • Keep any props your children carry in their hands short and flexible, such as wands or swords, to avoid injury.

Basics of Trick-or-Treating

All children younger than the age of 12 should:

  • constantly be accompanied by an adult
  • know how to call 911 in case they become missing
  • know their home phone number or your smartphone if you don’t have a landline

When older children venture out on their own, they should:

  • be aware of their intended route and return time;
  • have access to a cell phone
  • Only go to houses with porch lights on and stay away from candles and other flames.
  • Know to never go inside strangers’ homes or their cars.

For the benefit of all young people:

  • According to Safe Kids Worldwide, Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for children to be hit by a car. As a result, make sure that all children walk on the sidewalks and in well-lit areas whenever possible (never through alleys or across lawns)
  • Never sprint from one house to the next, and always face traffic when strolling down the street.
  • Never expect that vehicles will stop so you can cross the street at a crosswalk.
  • Give your kids flashlights that have new batteries in them. Glow sticks make great bracelets and necklaces for kids.
  • Don’t take your children trick-or-treating outside your neighborhood or to strangers’ houses.
  • All sweets should be checked for seals when youngsters get home. Be sure to toss any candies or goodies that have been homemade but were not created by someone you know, as well as anything that has been ruined.
  • Choking hazards such as hard sweets or gum should be avoided by children under the age of eight.

Keep Ghouls Safe as well!

Consider the safety of your guests when they come to your house for trick-or-treating. Your walkway or lawn should be clear of anything that could lead to tripping or falling. The outside of your house should be lit up as well as the walkway to your entrance if possible. Trick-or-treaters should be kept away from pets, even if they appear to be harmless.

What to Give and Receive for Halloween Treats

Make Halloween a blast for everyone, even for those who suffer from food allergies. When it comes to Halloween snacks, you may want to go beyond candy. Sealable packages of raisins and other dry fruits and crayons, erasers, and pencils are all suitable options.

If your children bring candy home from school, make a note of how much they got and put it somewhere else than their bedrooms when you’re checking it out. Consider being a little more tolerant of Halloween candy consumption and discuss what will be done with the leftovers. If you’re going to leave candy out, make sure it’s in small containers so that children may help themselves.

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