For many children, Halloween is their favorite night of the year! This is the day they can dress up as whatever they want to—a superhero, a rock star, an astronaut, or anything else they dream of! Between the costumes, spooky decorations, and all of the candy, there is a great deal to be excited about on Halloween day. To ensure a night filled with safe family fun, follow these helpful and important trick-or-treating Halloween safety tips.
Have a Plan
The best thing you can do for a memorable night of Halloween trick-or-treating is planning ahead. Map out which neighborhoods and streets your family wants to visit, as well as what time you want to head out, and when you want to return back home. By having a planned route, preferably in an area your child is familiar with, he or she is less likely to feel afraid or get lost. Many times, certain regions will host family friendly neighborhood events, featuring music, elaborate décor, and lots of yummy festive treats. Community newsletters and online neighborhood networks, such as NextDoor, will provide information specific to your local area.
Consider wearing costumes that require no masks, or costumes where the mask can be substituted with face paint. Masks make it difficult for children to see or breathe. In addition, masks may create a challenge for parents trying to keep an eye on or find their child in a crowded space. Costumes with props, such as swords or arrows, become burdensome to carry throughout the entire night. If too sharp, such accessories can also cause injury to your child or other trick-or-treaters.
Halloween involves a great deal of walking for you and your family, so prepare accordingly. Wear comfortable, casual footwear that you can walk in for several hours. The same goes for all the members of your family, big and small. If your comfortable shoes clash with your Halloween costume, pack a light pair of shoes in your bag or car for later. As it gets darker, it is easier to trip over costumes and on uneven sidewalks. You’ll be so grateful you brought extra shoes then!
Naturally, it will be dark Halloween evening, so you will need to bring some form of lighting. Consider applying reflector tape or wearing a reflector vest/jacket. Alternatively, your family may carry around a flashlight, glow sticks, or use the flashlight from your smartphone. One fun idea is getting headlamps for the whole family—this way you can see where you walk and have free hands for getting more candy!