Halloween is just a couple of weeks away! It is a very fun time for children and parents alike but it also is a holiday that needs to be taken very seriously as well as this can be a day that many children are at risk for being in danger in more ways than one. We’re not trying to deflate the fun out of Halloween but all parents need to be aware of keeping children safe during this season of Halloween with pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating and stranger awareness, and safe costume attire.
Everyone loves pumpkin carving, whether young or old, and it’s important to be cautious when partaking in any pumpkin carving fun. If your child is too young to use knives, let your child use washable markers and draw funny faces or decorations on your family pumpkins, then you (the parent) can do the carving. This way, it feels like a group effort as opposed to the young child feeling that they can participate because of his or her age.
Make sure to use pumpkin cutters that will keep older children safe when they’re carving pumpkins. You would be surprised at how many pumpkin carving injuries there are each year because proper precautions are not met. If you want to use a candle in your pumpkin, never leave the lit candle unattended. It’s a huge fire hazard! Keep candlelit pumpkins away from flammable objects and have them set on a sturdy surface where they can’t fall over.
When choosing a Halloween costume for your child, always opt for brighter colors that are flame-retardant. The bright colors will keep them visible in the dark by drivers – if your child’s costume is a bit darker, attach reflective tape to the arms, back, and chest of your child’s costume or jacket. If it’s cold out, make sure your child wears layers to stay warm – we recommend buying or making your child’s costume a size larger so that he or she can wear warm layers underneath his or her costume if it’s a cold day and night. Make sure your child wears shoes that are safe and comfortable.
Avoid costumes that include a mask, as masks can restrict your child’s vision and can cause them to fall or not see cars as he or she crosses streets. Keep accessories to a minimum and avoid your child carrying an accessory that is sharp and pointy that can hurt him or herself or another child.
We recommend parents accompany all children when trick-or-treating, especially when younger than 13 years old. If your child is old enough to trick-or-treat without you, set a curfew and some rules of what he or she can and can’t do. We recommend giving your child a cell phone that has the tracker set so you can see where your child is while trick-or-treating and is easily reachable by mobile phone.
Always inspect all candy your child collects on Halloween and dispose of any candy that has been tampered with, opened, or just looks questionable. Get rid of any candy that may be a choking hazard to your young one as well and we always recommend throwing out lollipops and suckers that are not sealed. Allow your child a certain amount of candy per day or week so that your child does not induce too much sugar during the Halloween season. Cavities are never fun and neither is an overload of sugar that causes tummy aches and poor health.
If you’re concerned about your child trick-or-treating because of the dangers, you can always plan a neighborhood party with fun games and activities to keep the children happy, excited, and entertained! And remember to have some fun with your children on this Halloween holiday!