Halloween Safety Tips for a Scary Fun Holiday
As all the ghosts and witches come out to play this Halloween, we must remember to take precautions to keep the family safe. Because many Halloween activities take place at night and around strangers, it can often lead to circumstances and risks that we don’t see on other holidays. By practicing Halloween safety, we can ensure that both kids and adults have a holiday full of treats instead of tricks.
Halloween Safety for Kids
Halloween is often a day where kids can dress up and be whatever they want to be. No matter the age of your kids and whether you will be accompanying them to their activities, ensure that they know the basics of Halloween safety to help them have the most fun while still staying safe.
- Always walk on the sidewalk. If they will be on a street that doesn’t have a sidewalk available, encourage them to look for lit walking paths away from the road.
- Always travel along streets that are well lit. While it may be tempting for them to take shortcuts to get to places faster, you should encourage them to stay in public areas and not cut across private properties.
- Always use the crosswalk. We all learn it early on because it is important to look both ways before crossing the street, but reinforce this message and what traffic signals mean so that they can traverse the roads safely.
- Always do what you can to stay visible. Whether it is by adding reflective tape to the bags or costumes or having them carry flashlights or glowsticks, ensuring that kids can be seen at night will help others be more aware of them while they are out trick or treating.
- Teach them to be aware of others. This applies to being both considerate of others around them but also knowing to avoid talking to strangers that are suspicious. On a holiday where kids will often interact with many people, they don’t know, be sure they know what warning signs to look out for when interacting with strangers.
- Teach them to be aware of suspicious treats. Ensure that they know not to eat any treats that have been previously opened or are handmade by strangers. To ensure treats are safe, always inspect their candy first before they dig in.
Halloween Safety for Adults
Halloween safety isn’t just for kids! Whatever your plans may be for the night, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and know that the streets will often be busier than usual so extra precautions will be needed. If you will be driving on Halloween, ensure that your headlights are on and that you are driving slowly to give yourself time to react if needed. Be extra aware of pedestrian traffic as there may be people wearing dark costumes that can be hard to see.
If you will be accompanying children for the night, take some time to plan out a route beforehand. This will help you feel confident that the areas you visit will be well-lit and have adequate walking space for everyone. Also, take some time to conduct a costume check. This will help you identify any features that could lead to a Halloween safety risk. When doing you check, check that:
- Wigs or masks aren’t limiting their visibility
- They are able to comfortably move and breathe in their costume
- Their costume is made of a comfortable material that is easily visible
Have a Happy Halloween!
No matter what your plans may be for Halloween, the Y wants to encourage everyone of all ages to have a safe and fun holiday. By practicing Halloween safety, we can help ensure that everyone has a scary good time full of treats! Have a Happy Halloween!