Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for a child. From the boatloads of candy to the scary and cool Halloween costumes, the Halloween holiday can make it seem like a child’s birthday.
While your loved ones will be having the time of their life, make sure you consider these following tips when it comes to picking out their costume, carving a pumpkin and even trick-or-treating. By keeping these simple suggestions in mind, your family will have a successful Halloween without the involuntary scares.
Carving a Pumpkin
- A child should never carve a pumpkin without adult supervision. They can use butter knives or even draw on the pumpkins with a marker, but only the adult should be doing all the cutting.
- When lighting your pumpkin, use a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. But, if you do choose to use a candle, a votive candle is safest because they last longer and are contained in a flame-resistant glass.
- Candlelit pumpkins should never be left unattended. They should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and not on a porch or any path where trick-or-treaters may pass close by.
Halloween Costume Safety
- Make sure your child’s costume is bright and reflective, the shoes fit well and the costume is short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
- When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame-resistant.
- Use face paint instead of masks because they tend to block a child from seeing clearly.
- If a sword, cane or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. Kids may become easily hurt if they stumble or trip on these.
- Avoid using decorative contact lenses. Without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional, these type of contact lenses are dangerous and illegal. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” they can cause pain, inflammation and serious eye disorders or infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
- Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
- Make sure they only go to homes with a porch light on and let them know to never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
- Stay in a group
- Carry a cell phone for emergencies and easy communication
- Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk
- If no sidewalk is available, walk on the far edge of the roadway facing traffic
- Never cut across yards or use alleys
When It Comes to Eating Candy
- Make sure your young ones eat a good meal before any parties and trick-or-treating, so it will discourage them from filling up on Halloween treats.
- Wait until your children are home to sort and check treats. Even though tampering is rare, it’s always good to examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious looking items.
- Try to divide treats for the days and weeks following Halloween, so your children don’t load up on candy all in one day.