Halloween is less than a week away, and is an exciting time of year for children! Let’s all have a fun and safe Halloween this year! Here are 5 simple tips to follow for having a fun and safe Halloween!
Here Are 5 Tips For Having A Fun And Safe Halloween!
1. Planning Costumes:
- Plan costumes that are bright or have some kind of reflectors on them. Reflective tape can be added to darker costumes and candy bags.
- Consider makeup instead of masks. Masks can limit the sight of children, so makeup is safer. Look for safe, non-toxic varieties.
- Only purchase flame-resistant costumes. Lots of time on Holloween night, candles and fires are lit as part of decorations.
- Make sure costumes are not too long so that the child can trip over them.
2. Pumpkin Carving Saftey:
- Small children should never operate a carving knife. Let them draw on the faces with a marker; then, the adults should do the cutting.
- To light up your jack-o-lantern, use a battery operated candle or glow stick instead of a real-flame candle.
- If you do use a real-flame candle, make sure the jack-o-lantern is placed on a sturdy table or surface, away from flammable objects such as curtains. Furthermore, they should never be put on pathways where children walk, or be left unattended.
3. Keep Your Home Safe For Trick-or-Treaters:
- Remove any objects that children might trip over such as garden hoses, lawn decorations and toys.
- Make sure your outdoor lights are working.
- Sweep up any fallen leaves away from walkways.
- Keep your pets away from the areas where children and families will walk.
4. Safety While Trick-or-Treating:
- A parent should always accompany small children.
- For older children, make sure they have a cell phone and know how to call 911 for help.
- Each child should have a battery operated flashlight that has been tested.
- For older children going out with a group, know their route and have a designated time for them to return home or to check in.
- Only go to homes with porch lights that are on.
- Never go into a house or a car for candy.
- Make sure costumes are brightly lit or have reflective tape on the front and back.
- Tell your children to watch where they are walking!
- Tell your children to be careful on steps and not to run!
- Go over each of these rules with each child before heading out.
5. Have A Healthy Halloween, As Well:
- Make sure children eat a good, healthy meal before going out trick-or-treating! This will not only give them the energy that they need but will prevent them from eating too much candy while trick-or-treating!
- Consider buying non-food items such as crayons, coloring books or small trinkets instead of giving out candy on Halloween night.
- Once your children are home, go through all the candy to make sure none of it was tampered with. If any candy looks suspicious, throw it away.
- Ration treats to last over days or weeks.
- Don’t eat all your candy on Halloween night!
In conclusion, we here at Zen hope that you and your family have a fun and safe Halloween!
Robin, and the Zen Team