Halloween is definitely an exciting time of year. All the ghouls and ghosts who come out to play leave your hair standing on end in a fun way. Reality, however, is scarier than ghost stories.On Halloween, pedestrian/automobile accidents involving children increase four times the average according to the CDC. Daylight savings time causes it to be darker sooner. Lower visibility, ill fitting costumes and masks, plus children’s impulsiveness and short stature make for a dangerous combination. It’s important to stay safe on Halloween. Prepare your children for trick or treating with this fun acronym created by the CDC.
- S –Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
- A –Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- F -Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- E –Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
- H -Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don’t run from house to house.
- A -Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
- L -Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible
- L -Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
- O –Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- W -Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
- E -Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- E -Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
- N –Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
Trick or treating isn’t the only danger at Halloween. Carving pumpkins can also be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. A slip of the knife could lead to injuries that take weeks of physical therapy to heal or could injure the hand permanently.
- Small children should not carve pumpkins. Allow small children to draw a funny face on the pumpkin with a marker. Then Mommy or Daddy can cut it out.
- Consider purchasing special pumpkin carving equipment that is easier to grip than a common kitchen knife.
- Also consider placing a glow stick in the pumpkin instead of a candle to avoid an open flame.
- Place candle lit pumpkins on a sturdy table away from curtains and other flammable material. Never leave a lit candle unattended.
Need more resources? Here’s a fun puzzle game to teach your children about Halloween safety. Halloween Word Puzzle Game