Halloween can be a fun time of year for kids but it can also be scary if parents are not careful. To protect your kids this Halloween, check out these Halloween Safety Tips.
Halloween is my all-time favorite holiday. There is just something awesome about being able to get all dressed up as your favorite Disney princess or Marvel villain and go door to door to collect handfuls of your favorite candy. It’s every kid’s dream and honestly as an adult, mine too.
Halloween is also that one time of the year when you can have lots of fun with your family, if you plan it right, you can have fun the entire month of October. Whether, it’s designing Halloween costumes together, decorating the house, making a spooky treat, or trick-or-treat on the big day, it’s a fun time for the entire family.
While people often get wrapped up in the fun of Halloween, it’s also important to focus on safety and making sure everyone stays healthy and safe. If your family is ready to celebrate Halloween but you’re also concerned about safety, here are some suggestions that will keep you safe both at home and in those Halloween streets.
12 Halloween Safety Tips
Whether you’re celebrating Halloween at home this year or hitting the streets, here are a few Halloween Safety Tips for keeping your family safe:
- Pre-plan your Halloween home decor ideas keeping child safety in mind. Does anything have small removable pieces that can be swallowed? What about sharp edges? When planning Halloween decor, consider the age ranges of your kids.
- Ensure that the Halloween costumes of your kids (and pets) are reflective and bright.
- Make use of hypoallergenic and non-toxic makeup for Halloween and be sure to test in a small area before applying a face full of makeup.
- Ensure that all wigs and costumes are flame retardant.
- If you plan on having outdoor Halloween decorations then ensure that they are properly lit so visitors don’t fall, trip or run into anything.
- The Halloween accessories that you use should be safe and free from hazards. Also, be careful to not tie anything around your child’s neck.
- If hosting a Halloween party make sure to label foods that may have items commonly associated with food allergies. Consider labeling allergy-free foods with special color tags so kids can spot them without needing to read. Also, be sure to have a selection of non-nut/peanut items as well as a non-dairy and gluten-free, keep these items on a separate table with their own color-coded serving utensils.
- When you head out for trick or treating make sure at least one person in your party has a fully charged phone for emergencies. Making sure you are trick o treat in an area you are familiar with is also useful in case you need to give directions in an emergency. Also, make sure everyone (including kids) have that number written down.
- Always bring a flashlight with an extra set of batteries.
- Ensure that your children eat a good meal before they go out to celebrate Halloween. Also, make sure they know, no candy should be eaten until it is checked by an adult. Bring snacks along in case they get tempted.
- Don’t leave pets outside as they may be scared of the different masked people moving outside.
- Warn kids against peeping inside other people’s vehicles and homes. Tell them to stay away from dark houses and alleyways.