I was back at Good Day Chicago this morning to share Halloween Safety Tips. I know, I can’t believe Halloween is one week away either!! Luckily, I had two little helpers with me to demonstrate my costume tips. We picked out these adorable costumes at HalloweenCostumes.com.
Tips for Parents:
1. A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their trick-or-treating.
2. Avoid full-masks on the kids that would limit or block their vision. Instead consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.
3. Test the makeup you plan to use by putting a small amount on the child’s arm who will be wearing it a couple of days in advance. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, that’s a sign of a possible allergy.
4. Make sure kids wear properly fitted costumes to prevent trips, falls, entanglement or contact with flame.
5. If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
6. If the weather is cool, make sure to layer warm clothes under the costumes.
7. Even if your child does not have food allergies, be kind to others by handing out nut-free candy or non-food items at your door.
8. Thoroughly examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
9. Trick-or-Treat is safest during the daylight hours.
If kids will be trick-or-treating at dusk or after dark, parents should:
1. Add reflective tape to the costumes and bags to help drivers see you
2. Give each child a flashlight or glow stick
3. Talk to each child about street safety.
Remember to be patient and kind to all children –
- The child who takes forever to pick out a piece of candy may have motor planning issues.
- The child who does not say please, thank you or trick or treat may be non-verbal.
- The child who looks disappointed at your candy selection might have an allergy or is diabetic.
- The child who isn’t wearing a costume at all might have a sensory issue or autism.
Safety Tips to Talk About with Kids:
- Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.
- Kids should only visit the well-lit homes and never stop at the dark houses.
- Never accept rides from strangers.
- Look both ways before crossing the street and use crosswalks.