By | Safety Tips.

Halloween is full of fun for kids every year. Getting dressed up in costumes, going to Halloween parties, and getting a bag full of your favorite candy is always exciting.

Part of what makes for a great Halloween night is making sure that everyone has fun while also staying safe. We’ve compiled a few tips below that will help your Halloween be a safe one.

1. Choose a safe costume.

There are a few safety tips to keep in mind when choosing a costume for trick-or-treating. Since most Halloween festivities happen after it gets dark, it is important that you and drivers can see your kids well. And it is also important for your kids to be able to see what’s around them clearly.

Try to stay away from costumes with big masks that might obstruct their vision and aim for brightly colored costumes that can easily be seen by drivers. You can also bring along flashlights or colorful glow sticks to add a little extra light.

2. Be careful when crossing the street.

Studies have shown that a child’s risk of getting hit by a car is much higher on Halloween. Sometimes the excitement of getting to the next house’s front door can make children forget to look both ways before they cross the street.
Encourage your child to stay with you, and not run ahead. Grab the hands of your kids when you cross streets and remind them to watch for cars.

3. Stick to the sidewalk as much as possible.

Sidewalks can get busy and crowded on Halloween, but it is always best to stay on sidewalks and paths for safety. Remind your kids that trick-or-treating isn’t a race, and it’s okay to slow down in order to stay safe.

4. Keep an eye on your child’s candy bag.

Food allergies and unlabeled candy can cause concern for parents on Halloween. Encourage your kids to wait until they get home before they dig into their candy. Throw away anything that isn’t clearly labeled or wrapped. Make sure your children are aware of any food allergies they have and make sure they know which candy they should avoid.

5. Be a careful driver.

We’ve given you several tips on how to be safe when crossing streets or walking from door to door, but it is important for you to remember to be safe when you are the one behind the wheel as well. On Halloween, drive more slowly than you normally would. Keep an alert eye out for small children trick-or-treating, and don’t let yourself get distracted by your phone or radio while you are driving.
Keep these tips in mind when you and your family head out the door for trick-or-treating this year, and you’ll be well on your way to a safe and fun Halloween.