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.