Halloween is just over two weeks away and I know my children are beyond excited. They would actually love to don costumes this very moment and go off trick-or-treating into the night. But I don’t think that’s quite going to happen. Before they start on their Halloween adventure, I need to make sure that they understand our family’s safety rules. These are good practices to keep both your family and your home safe. Here are some Halloween safety tips from my family to yours.
These are some of my favorite decorations for the holiday, but they can often create dangerous situations if not handled correctly.
- Use appropriate tools for carving your pumpkin. I’ve seen the tool kits in practically every store you can name. I think Dollar Tree may even carry them for the budget conscious carver. Just don’t use that butcher knife from your kitchen.
- Pumpkins start to rot and mold after a few days. Wait until a couple of days before Halloween to carve your pumpkin or use a preserving method to keep it fresh.
- With children coming and going, candles may not be a good option. Try flameless candles or tea lights. You may even be able to find them in the dollar section of your favorite store.
Costumes are the key element in any successful Halloween. Here are a few ways to make them safe.
- Do you remember the old school plastic Halloween masks? Thankfully today’s masks have better eye holes for vision. Children should be able to see well out of masks and not be able to trip over any clothing elements.
- If you are going to be out at night, make sure that your child is easily spotted by motorists. Reflective tape or glow stick jewelry are both good options.
- Makeup can not only irritate the skin, but the humidity can cause it to melt and get into a child’s eyes. Leave off the makeup if you can.
Trick or Treating
Sticking to homes or events with safe treats is always a good idea, but what about trick or treating itself?
- Cars have trouble navigating around trick or treaters at night. Try to go before it gets dark and keep children in a good mood!
- There are many churches, schools, and organizations that sponsor group events for Halloween. Most of these are sectioned off so that children stay safe and away from moving vehicles.
- Go through the candy that your children collect. While razor blades may not show up in candy bars, some of the ingredients may be harmful. I personally have no problem with throwing out candy we can’t eat.
- If you have children with food allergies we have some special tips just for them!
I think this Halloween is going to be a blast! By following these safety tips, I’m sure it will be less stressful than past Halloweens.
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