Happy Halloween! Today, you’re probably looking forward to trick-or-treating, a fun Halloween party, or maybe an easy night in watching your favorite Halloween movies. For those of you who are heading out tonight, make sure you follow these tips to make sure your friends and family are having a safe and spirited Halloween!
1. Wear comfortable costumes and accessories
Avoid potential scabbed knees and bruises by making sure your kids’ costumes fit them correctly. If they drag on the ground, chances are, someone will be experiencing a trip or two throughout the night! Remember to wear comfortable shoes, too.
If their costumes (or your costume) come with accessories, make sure they’re short, soft, and easy to handle. It’s not going to be a fun night if they’re constantly struggling with their costumes! While you’re at it, it’s best to stay away from masks so it’s easier for your children to breathe and see. Use non-toxic makeup to complete their spooky look instead!
2. Plan your route in advance
If you know where you’re going to walk and if you pick familiar paths for you and your kids, there will be less room for confusion and potentially someone getting lost. This activity can also easily stray you several streets away from your house, so if you map out a route, you will be comfortable and know exactly where you are.
If your kids are old enough to go alone, set a curfew and make sure you have a form of contact.
3. Join your kids in the fun
Always make sure your kids walk in groups, and if you’re not going to chaperone, send them off with a trusted adult. You’ll breathe easier knowing your kids are in safe hands, and they’ll have more fun because they’re with their friends!
4. Be noticeable
Add reflective tape to costumes and bags and/or hold a flashlight to help drivers and other trick-or-treaters see you. You can even have some fun by wearing glowsticks, glowstick jewelry, or other glow-in-the-dark accessories! Note to drivers: please be extra cautious tonight while you’re on the road!
5. Examine your loot
Before you and your kids indulge in your Halloween treats, check all your goods for possible choking hazards and tampering. Stick with only eating factory-wrapped treats, and it’s probably best to stay away from any homemade treats, unless they’re made by someone you know personally. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
We hope you all have a fun and safe night! Happy Halloween!