Halloween is just around the corner and while the door-to-door knocking, candy-seeking tradition is fun for the kids, concern for their safety is not so exciting for moms and dads.
Enjoy the spookiest day of the year with these tips and tricks that will pave your Halloween night to safety.
Trick or treating: Children 12 years old and younger should always be accompanied by an adult. If your child is mature enough to go without an adult, make sure they trick or treat with a trusted group of friends. Plan ahead with a route that is in a well-lit, familiar neighborhood close to where you will be. Make sure they have a phone or other device so that they can contact you in case of an emergency. Establish a specific time they should return home and remind them not to indulge in any candy until you can examine all treats and get rid of any that are unwrapped, spoiled or suspicious.
Walking Safety: Stick to sidewalks and designated paths, use and obey all traffic signals and look both ways before crossing the street. Make eye contact with drivers before passing in front of stopped cars and watch for vehicles backing out of driveways or turning at intersections.
Costumes: Consider light-colored or reflective costumes – you can also improvise with enhancements by using reflective tape on all clothing and props. Carry flashlights and/or light sticks to increase visibility and use face paint instead of masks which can obstruct a child’s vision.
Safe Driving: Drive slowly and cautiously on Halloween and keep a watchful eye for kids in the streets. Prepare for traffic because neighborhoods can get rather hectic – patience will help you cope with the chaos. As always, obey all traffic laws, never drink and drive and do not text and drive.
Pedestrian injuries are more common on Halloween so remember these tips and tricks for a safe night! If you encounter an emergency, call 9-1-1 and do not hesitate to contact your pediatrician with any health concerns regarding your little ones.
by Douglas Tamura, MD, Valley Children’s Healthcare