It’s that time of the year! The temperatures are getting cooler, leaves are falling, and Halloween is approaching! Dressing up, going door to door, and eating yummy treats is fun for children of all ages, but can also be dangerous. Due to the excitement of trick-or-treating, children tend to be less careful and can move in unpredictable ways. On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween, compared to any other day of the year. Whether you are going trick-or-treating with young children, or you have older children who are going on their own, we want to provide you with some tips to keep the festivities safe for your trick-or-treaters.
- Costumes should be comfortable and weather appropriate. Halloween temperatures can get chilly, so make sure your child wears layers.
- Masks, clothes, and shoes should fit well to avoid blocked vision, trips, or falls.
- Costume accessories such as swords, canes, or knives should be short, dull, and flexible.
- Light or bright colored costumes stand out to drivers. Add reflective tape to children’s costumes to ensure that drivers will see them.
- Costumes should be flame resistant.
- Test costume make-up on a small area before fully applying. Costume make-up should be removed after trick-or-treating to avoid skin irritation.
- Avoid decorative contact lenses. They pose a risk for eye injury and infection.
- Tell children to avoid going near any lit candles or jack o’ lanterns.
- Give children flashlights to help them see and make them more visible to drivers.
- Do not allow children to go trick-or-treating alone. Make sure they walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Children should only visit well-lit houses.
- Help plan a safe route of areas you know well, and agree on a specific time for children to be home.
- Make sure children know that they should walk (never run) from house to house, always look both ways before crossing the street, and use crosswalks and sidewalks wherever possible.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers and wait for them to wave before crossing in front of any cars.
- Children should never enter a stranger’s house or accept rides from strangers.
- Make sure your children have a way of contacting you if they need to. Either give the adult they are with your phone number or lend your child a cell phone for the night.
- Children should not snack while they are out trick-or-treating. Ask children to wait until they get home, so that you can inspect the contents of their goody bag before they dig in.
- To prevent children from snacking, give them a meal or snack beforehand.
- Only allow children to eat factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats from strangers.
- Examine all treats for choking hazards before giving them to children. Parents of young children should remove items such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, and small toys.
- Examine all treats for signs of tampering such as any discoloration, unusual appearances, tiny holes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
- Limit the amount of treats children eat. Incorporate healthy food to balance out their diet if they eat large quantities of sugar.
Davis & Gelshenen LLP would like to wish you a happy and healthy Halloween!