WASHINGTON, October 20, 2017 – For many families, this weekend will be filled with preparations for Halloween and the tradition of visiting neighbors for trick or treat fun. CouponChief.Com offers some great advice on the biggest dangers, and how to safely avoid them, for Halloween trick or treaters.
Being safe on the streets:
The images of young ghouls and goblins running down the sidewalk, and then darting across the street, stops the hearts of many a parent.
One of the first things to start talking about, and practicing, this weekend is safety when it comes to walking through the neighborhood. Take a fall walk, determine your route, particularly if you have older children you allow to trick or treat without a parent, and discuss:
Trick or Treat Safety tips:
- Only cross the street at crosswalks;
- Never walk between parked cars to cross the street;
- Always have a reflective item visible and carry a light;
- Do not get separated from your group. Always wait for everyone before you move on;
- Do not wear a mask that obscures your vision. If it does, push it up as you are walking or crossing the street
Best costume for your trick or treaters age:
Make sure your costume fits and that it does not have long skirts or pants that could cause trip and falls;
- Avoid hanging, wispy pieces of fabric that might catch on a bush, or worse, catch fire from a pumpkin;
- Always choose fire retardant materials in making or buying a costume;
- A bright costume, or a costume decorated with plenty of reflective tape, makes your trick or treater more visible;
- Instead of a mask, choose safe, non-toxic paint and be creative;
- Don’t use real or hard weapons – choose rubber, or cardboard, replicas.
Good trick or treat safety practices:
- Only go to homes in your neighborhood;
- Always travel with a group of trick or treaters you know;
- Regardless of age, its a good idea to have a parent or adult in the group;
- Send them out with an iPhone and turn on “find a friend” so you can track your trick or treater in real time;
- Never go inside anyone’s home, or car, even a neighbor you might casually know, on Halloween;
- Don’t eat your candy until mom or dad gives it a look (and chooses their favorites!)
Keep your home safe for trick or treaters:
- Clear your front path of tripping hazards;
- Make sure you have lighting along the path and on your front porch;
- Opt for battery candles instead of flame candles;
- Instead of waiting inside, go outside, enjoy watching the kids, and watching for danger.
- Have a bowl of fair trade candy and another with small toys for those that can’t eat candy or have allergies and keep a few dollars in change on hand for UNICEF trick or treaters.
Parents, do not forget to check your state’s sex offender registry website to see if any live along the route you plan to travel. Avoid those houses, not only for the child’s safety but also many states prohibit sex offenders from handing out candy. The National Crime Prevention Council offers some great advice for keeping your young monsters safe this Halloween.
Other resources for safe Halloween Trick or Treat are:
- Coupon Chief Halloween Safety Tips: https://www.couponchief.com/guides/halloween_safety_tips
- CDC Injury Prevention and Control page: https://www.cdc.gov/safechild/
- Safe Kids Worldwide: http://www.safekids.org/
- Medline Plus – Child Safety: https://medlineplus.gov/childsafety.html
- Safety and Prevention: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/Pages/default.aspx
- National Child Safety Council: http://www.nationalchildsafetycouncil.org/