Halloween is a fun time for both kids and adults, and it’s essential to make sure that everyone is kept safe while trick-or-treating and attending parties. You don’t want to end up in the emergency room because of an accident that could have easily been avoided through a couple of preventative measures. Here are five top tips for staying safe while still having a great time on the spookiest night of the year.
1. Be Street Safe
This goes for both pedestrians and drivers alike. Pedestrians should make sure they look both ways before crossing, use crosswalks, stick to sidewalks, make eye contact with drivers, and stay alert (no headphones or other distractions). Drivers should be extra vigilant while on the road during Halloween night. Drive slowly through neighborhoods, watch for pedestrians — especially those that might not be very visible — and turn on your headlights early.
2. Be Visible
Since trick-or-treating usually takes place as the sun goes down, there are a lot of kids and pedestrians out in the dark. Costumes might not be made for extra visibility after sundown, so bring flashlights or wear light-up bracelets or necklaces to ensure cars can see you. Consider putting reflective tape on costumes.
3. Make Sure the Costume Fits the Weather
The weather can vary immensely around Halloween, with some evenings being hot and humid, while others are cold and snowy. If your child’s costume is meant for summer but it’s chilly outside, put on some layers underneath it to keep them nice and warm. This will keep them safe and show off their costume at the same time. If it’s hot, bring bottles of water to stay hydrated.
4. Look for Inviting Houses
Most houses make it obvious that they’re welcoming nightly visitors looking for candy. If a house has all its lights off or doesn’t seem inviting, just steer clear of it. If you’re out with small children, go with them to the door to receive their candy.
5. Inspect Candy
Always inspect your children’s candy when they’ve gotten home from a long night of trick-or-treating. You don’t want them discovering any unpleasant or unwelcome surprises while they eat it. If a candy wrapper looks like it has been opened, throw it away to be on the safe side.