Halloween is a fun event for kids and adults. Whether you live out in the country or somewhere in town, there are a few safety tips that can keep you and your kids safe when you’re out trick or treating.
Visibility and Maneuverability
A proper fitting costume could reduce the chance of tripping and falling. Make sure capes and robes don’t drag on the ground or under their feet. Additionally, masks should not block vision. Do their costumes require a weapon? Swords and wands are easy, but toy guns can pose a problem in some areas. Be sure all toy weapons have a bright orange tip on the end of the barrel. Encourage your little ones to follow strict gun safety rules even when carrying a pretend firearm. It’s never too early to practice gun safety.
Add reflective tape and glow sticks to costumes and candy bags to keep kids as bright and visible as possible. It’s also a good idea for kids to carry a flashlight if they’ll be tromping through fields or off sidewalks.
Coastal tip: Instead of candles, light pumpkins with LED candles to avoid fire damage to your home or visitors.
Plot your Halloween route with the kids during the day. If possible, plan your path on well-lit streets and friendly neighborhoods. Additionally, make sure your kids know your phone number in case you get separated. If they already have their own phone, double-check that they understand how to call 911 in case of an emergency.
Eat Dinner Beforehand
Instead of letting your kiddos fill up on candy while they’re out trick-or-treating, make dinner before you go out.
Coastal tip: Keep pets locked up in another room to ensure they don’t run away or harm anyone.
Go as a Group
Try not to have more than three kids per adult. If you have tweens or teens who insist on wandering without adults, make sure they go with a buddy or two (or more).
Coastal tip: To avoid people being injured on your property, remove wet leaves and de-ice your walkway.
Be Safe at the Door
Walk smaller children to the door of each house, and never let them go into a home unless you know the person who lives there. This is especially important for tween and teens who are off on their own.
Call the Police
Your local law enforcement will likely be on high alert all night, but they do appreciate it when you call and report any suspicious activity.
Trade Tricks for Treats
Forty years ago, there was a big scare about Halloween candy. Since then, things have been pretty safe. But that doesn’t mean you should just let your kids have all of their candy. Instead, examine each piece carefully. If something seems odd or unsafe, throw it away. If you want to limit their sugar intake, trade treats for prizes, such as coloring books, video game cards, or a trip to the Coastal toy aisle.
Get Ready for Winter at Coastal
The folks at your nearby Coastal are here to help you plan ahead, whether you have family coming for the holidays, extra animals to feed, or the need for warmer work clothes. Just stop by and tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll point you in the right direction.