Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is just a few days away. Whether you have kids who are trick or treating this year or are handing out candy, here are some safety tips to ensure it’s a fun and spooktacular time.
Be Conscious of COVID
We’re all sick of hearing about it, but it’s still important to be mindful when out and about for Halloween this year. The CDC says that children should be able to safely trick or treat this year but recommends staying outdoors and avoiding larger parties. If you’re an adult attending a party, just be mindful of the group and try to wear a mask indoors. There is less risk if you’re vaccinated. Just be conscious of your comfort zone and have fun!
Tips for the Little Ones (under 12)
- Carry glowsticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes/bags, and wear bright colors to help kids see and be seen by drivers.
- Make sure an adult accompanies them.
- Slow down and be alert. We know this can be challenging. Kids want to get as much candy as possible and are in a hurry but remind them to pay attention.
- Tips for Drivers: On the flip side of this, be sure to turn on headlights early in the day to ensure you can see any excited kiddo who darts into the street.
- Remind kids to cross the street at crosswalks.
- Make sure costumes fit layers underneath if cold, fit well to avoid tripping, and use safe face paint.
- Avoid costumes with full face masks when possible- these can limit vision.
- Limit pointed props for the extra young kids to avoid safety hazards.
- Pin a piece of paper with the child’s name, address, and phone number in case of separation.
- Inspect treats before eating. Discard anything that isn’t sealed and choking hazards. Make sure that anything that will trigger allergies is removed.
- Ration the loot. You don’t want your kid to go into sugar overload and if you ration, you can enjoy the candy over the course of the year.
- Bring water and prepare for your route ahead of time.
Tips for Teens
- Set ground rules. Whether restricting the route or county, imposing a curfew, or other restrictions, it’s good to discuss to ensure they stay safe, even if they’re more responsible.
- Have them check in with you.
- Let them know they’re safe to call you if they are in trouble.
- Ask them to keep away from strangers.
Tips for the Candy-Givers
- Clean up – remove hazards, such as garden equipment and toys.
- Lights on if you’re giving out candy,lights off if not.
- Control your pets. Kids can scare a pet, and you don’t want the cat getting out or a child to get bit.
- Give out safe candy – make sure it’s not expired, sealed, and even consider healthier alternatives (albeit less fun).
- Don’t let trick or treaters into your home.
Tips for Hosting and Going out as an Adult
- If you’re hosting:
- Don’t serve alcohol to minors.
- Only invite people you know.
- Never leave candles unattended.
- Make sure there are designated drivers, and your guests are safe.
- Try to ensure stress is minimal for your pets.
- If you’re going out:
- Drink responsibly.
- Make sure you have a buddy
- Take a ride-sharing service or designate a sober driver for the night
Halloween is a fun and exciting time of year! We hope you have a good one. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the Friday Care Crew or email firstname.lastname@example.org.