Halloween is a fun filled holiday, giving children an opportunity to dress up, go to parties, walk around trick-or-treating, and collecting yummy treats. Read below for some tips on how to keep your little pumpkins safe this year!
- Young children should always be accompanied by an adult. If a child is mature enough to trick-or-treat unaccompanied, make sure that they stay with a group and stick to familiar areas that are well lit.
- Always cross the street at corners, using crosswalks and traffic signals.
- Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of stopped cars. Wait for the driver to signal that he or she is allowing you to cross.
- Be aware! Put your electronic devices down and your head up!
- Encourage children to walk, not run from house to house, and especially when crossing a street.
- Always walk on the sidewalk. If you are in an area without a sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Watch for cars that are backing up. Teach children that if they see white lights on in the back of a car that this means they are in reverse and may not see you.
Keep Costumes Creative, but Safe
- Swords, knives, and other accessories should be soft, short, and flexible.
- Fasten reflexive tape to costumes and bags to be better seen by drivers. If possible, wear light colors. You can also carry a flashlight or glow sticks!
- Try to choose non-toxic face paint instead of masks, which can obstruct children’s vision.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it fits properly to avoid falls and trips.
- Always test make-up on a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin or eye irritation.
Enjoy Your Treats
- Examine all food items before your child consumes their treats. Only allow children to eat items that come in sealed wrappers, and watch for choking hazards.
- Eating a good meal prior to trick-or-treating will discourage little ones from binging on sweets.
- Try to ration treats for the days proceeding Halloween.
- Consider giving out healthy food items or non-food treats such as coloring books, pencils, or Play Dough.
Hope you have a SPOOK-tacular Halloween!
Nicole Cohen MS CF-SLP