Top tips for a scary fun and a safe Halloween

These safety tips should be an important part of your Halloween checklist for your child

Halloween pumpkin leader, Magic Kingdom (FLICKR/Jeff Krause)

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2015 – As Halloween approaches, kids become increasingly excited. Their eyes light up as they share their costume ideas, and parents rekindle memories of scare-filled excitement from their youth.

In the midst of all the excitement of holiday parties, events and lots and lots of candy is the harsh reality that safety should be on the Halloween checklist as well. According to the Chicago Tribune, parents and children should follow some important safety guidelines before children head out for trick-or-treating.

While costume selection can vary from superhero to fairy tale princesses and everything in between, it is wise to help your child choose a costume that motorists can see at night. In addition, the mask should not obstruct your child’s vision. Also, keep your child’s costume from dragging along the ground, which will prevent unintentional falls and injuries.

You can make glowing in the dark cool as well as safe for your little goblin or ghoul by placing reflective tape on the costume. Consider having your child walk around with a glow stick or flashlight to help light the way in house-to-house candy and treat searches.

Halloween is one of the few times of the year where kids want to show their parents that they should be let loose on the neighborhood Halloween treat trail by themselves. Before you entertain the notion of letting your child go solo, determine what age appropriate is.

The Chicago Tribune suggested that 12 years old might be the best and safest age for a child to go solo on Halloween. Yet the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly differs and believes adult supervision is necessary at all ages.

There of course is a middle ground where you can allow your child to have that independent Halloween experience up to a point. There is safety in small groups, so work out a deal with a few of the other parents to monitor the group from a safe distance as they raid the homes for lots and lots of treats.

Another terrific way to take the anxiety out of Halloween for your child is to provide your child with a mobile device that has a GPS-enabled app on it. This allows you to monitor your child and eliminate your worry lines on your forehead.

Motorists have a responsibility as well on Halloween, and, according to Bladen Journal, they should take steps to prevent holiday accidents from occurring by following these tips:

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
  • Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • When approaching a stop sign or traffic light, slow down and pause to make certain children are not preparing to cross.

This Halloween you can create an evening that is both memorable and filled with wonderful experiences for your child. So take that extra step to plan safety into the equation so that the little ghouls and goblins will arrive back home safely as well.

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Kevin Fobbs began writing professionally in 1975. He has been published in the "New York Times," and has written for the "Detroit News," "Michigan Chronicle," “GOPUSA,” "Soul Source" and "Writers Digest" magazines as well as the Ann Arbor and Cleveland "Examiner," "Free Patriot," "Conservatives4 Palin" and "Positively Republican." The former daily host of The Kevin Fobbs Show on conservative News Talk WDTK - 1400 AM in Detroit, he is also a published author. His Christian children’s book, “Is There a Lion in My Kitchen,” hit bookstores in 2014. He writes for Communities Digital News, and his weekly show "Standing at Freedom’s Gate" on Community Digital News Hour tackles the latest national and international issues of freedom, faith and protecting the homeland and heartland of America as well as solutions that are needed. Fobbs also writes for Clash Daily, Renew America and BuzzPo. He covers Second Amendment, Illegal Immigration, Pro-Life, patriotism, terrorism and other domestic and foreign affairs issues. As the former 12-year Community Concerns columnist with The Detroit News, he covered community, family relations, domestic abuse, education, business, government relations, and community and business dispute resolution. Fobbs obtained a political science and journalism degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1978 and attended Wayne State University Law School. He spearheaded and managed state and national campaigns as well as several of President George W. Bush's White House initiatives in areas including Education, Social Security, Welfare Reform, and Faith-Based Initiatives.