Halloween is fun for both children and adults but because it takes place for the most part after dark...... it makes it even more necessary to be safe. Here are a few Halloween Safety Tips to help you and your little goblins get ready for Halloween.
Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating:
Costume Capes: Capes are a big part to many of the Halloween Costumes that children and adults pick out to wear. Many times we forget the danger of having a cape that reaches all the way to the ground. An important thing to remember is that capes can "catch on fire." We don't usually think about this happening but many houses will line their walk walk on Halloween night with lit candles and pumpkins. If a cap is long it is really easy to brush by a candle and catch the cape on fire.
Flashlights: Flashlights, Flashlights, Flashlights! If your sending your children off to trick-or-treat, send them off with a small flashlight as well. Even adult chaperons carry one and so should your children. Not only does this help your children to see their footing, but it helps the public see your children. A popular thing to do is take a plastic colored tumbler cup and tape it to the head of the flashlight. Draw a face on the cup so when the flashlight is turned on.... the face will show through the cup. Try using different colored tumbler cups to give off a different colored light for each child. Children may not like using a boreing flashlight but they will jump at the change to use a Halloween Flashlight.
Florescent Paint: Glow in the dark florescent paint is a fantastic thing to put on your clothes and your children's clothes. You can buy glow in the dark paint that is made just for material at your local craft stores. This will help the cars to see you and your kids.
Candy: Only eat candy from people that you know. If you are new to a neighborhood and only know a few people, but would still like to take your children trick-or-treating, takes these easy tips. Give your children a different bag when you go to houses that you don't know. Have a rule that know one can eat from the bag. When the rounds are over simply trash the candy that the kids got from the houses that you didn't know and keep the candy from the people that you did know. Better safe than sorry and teach your children right then about why you have to do that. If the kids are to young to understand, simply fool the kiddies by replacing the tossed candy for candy that you bought yourself.
Masks: For some reason most all masks seem to have opening for the eye area that is way to small. Try cutting the holes larger so it will be easier to see out.
Safety Lesson: Before leaving for trick-or-treating give a safety lesson to your children. Sometimes in the excitement children don't think about what they are doing. This is the perfect time to remind them about not running between cars at night and to only walk on the sidewalks etc.
Safety in numbers: There's always safety in numbers so only allow your children to trick-or-treat with others. This is even a rule to live by for adults as well.
Doors: Never leave doors open if you are home alone. It's a lot of fun to watch the ghosts and goblins walk up your door steps but if you are alone it's best to keep the door closed until you hear the door bell ring. If you leave the door open you give someone with not so good intentions a open door to sneak in your house when your not looking.