While Halloween can be the best night ever for children, it can also give some parents a serious case of anxiety. The thought of allowing your kids to roam dark streets and take candy from strangers can seem a little daunting, right? And while a good scare is an essential part of this spooky holiday, your child’s safety shouldn’t be associated with that category. Lucky for you, we’ve put together an easy and effective list of tips to keep you and your children safe on All Hallows’ Eve. Read on for 5 ways to prepare for a night of trick-or-treating.
Before you let your little one dig into their treats at the end of the evening, take a careful look at each piece of candy in their bag. If the candy is factory-made and sealed, it’s totally safe. If you find something that’s homemade or partially opened, we recommend tossing it. Extra tip: If you’re making the rounds with someone else’s offspring, be aware of any allergies he or she may have. Many kids are allergic to nuts, dairy, chocolate or gluten, and the last thing you want is to spend Halloween night in the ER.
Bring a Flashlight
While your neighborhood may be pretty well lit, it’s always a good idea to have a flashlight on hand. A small, pocket-sized flashlight does the trick and fits easily in pockets or small bags. If you’re looking for something a little more powerful, the CDC recommends putting reflective tape on costumes and treat bags so drivers can see trick-or-treaters from afar. It’s a simple safety addition—reflective tape is readily available at most Halloween shops and drugstores.
Opt for the Buddy System
With all the excitement involving Halloween (getting to the door first is the best way to get first dibs on those XL candy bars!), it’s often easy to get separated from your group. With that said, it’s important to enforce the buddy system—whether your little one is headed out with you or a group of friends.
Choose a Safe Costume
When it comes to masks, it’s important to adorn your ghouls in something that fits well. An ill-fitting mask can prompt spills and falls due to blocked vision. And if a mask doesn’t fit, it’s time to reach for that face paint—it’s a safe, easy and equally fun option! Also, props like swords should be made of foam, not plastic. Foam props are less likely to accidentally hurt someone.
Keep Your Home Safe, Too!
Be sure to keep your home safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, too! Keep your entry way clear and remove anything that could cause trips, falls, or accidents. It’s also recommended to keep outside lights on all night (if you have the capacity to add extra lights, do it!). Finally, keep any pets away from trick-or-treaters, even if they’re perfectly harmless. And last—but definitely not least—if you’re hitting the road on Halloween, be sure to use extra caution. Slow down and be especially alert, take extra time to check for kids at intersections and enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. UNICEF’s Halloween campaign – Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF – began in 1950 as a way for kids to help others in need of more than just candy. Since then, children have gone door to door with their UNICEF collection boxes on Halloween, calling out “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!” Over the past 65 years, they’ve raised more than $175 million for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and this year, UNICEF has partnered with the Peanuts movie to develop co-branded assets to encourage participation. Want to learn more? Watch the video below, then visit http://www.unicefusa.org/trick-or-treat.