Halloween began as a day to mark the end of harvest season and the start of winter and over the years transitioned into a day of parties, costumes and candy for adults and kids alike. In fact, statista.com says Americans now spend $6.8 billion annually on Halloween (that’s about $75 a person).
While it’s a festive day kids of all ages anticipate every year, Halloween also presents a myriad of safety dilemmas, especially to the unaware and unprepared. The following tips serve to create awareness for the problems caused by the main safety hazards lurking in the shadows on Halloween.
1. Eye Safety: Many people get a little crazy on Halloween, so avoid unnecessary eye emergencies by adhering to the following eye safety tips.
- Be wary of Decorative Contact Lenses. Only purchase them through an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
- Use caution with masks, wigs & eye patches that can block visibility or irritate eyes.
- Use only hypo-allergenic face make-up & keep make-up out of eyes.
- Avoid carrying sharp objects (swords, wands, etc.) with costumes, especially when walking in the dark.
- Carry a small flashlight when trick-or-treating to avoid trips & falls.
2. Pedestrian Safety: Statistics show that children are four times more likely to be in fatal pedestrian accidents on Halloween than on any other night of the year. Employ the following tips to avoid this tragedy.
- If not made of reflective material, add reflective tape to make your child’s costume more visible to motorists.
- Make sure children stay on sidewalks and cross only at corners.
- When driving on Halloween, slow down and watch out for trick-or-treaters.
- Especially for younger children, do not leave them unattended when trick-or-treating.
- For older children, help plan their route and review pedestrian safety rules.
3. Candy Safety: Many people consider candy the best part of Halloween. Keep it enjoyable by making sure both eating and getting it are done safely.
- Prohibit children from eating any candy before it is approved by a trusted adult.
- When handing out candy, make sure your yard is free from any tripping hazards and your house is well-lit.
- Examine all treats for choking hazards, and throw away any compromised wrappers.
- Avoid homemade treats unless you personally know the source.
- Make sure children eat healthy dinners before going trick-or-treating.
4. Stranger Safety: Unfortunately, evil really does lurk and prey on children on Halloween. To avoid it, take these simple precautions.
- Tell children never to enter anyone’s house when trick-or-treating.
- Make sure children know to never approach a stranger’s car on Halloween or any other time of year.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. (What fun is that anyway?)
- Choose safe, well-lit neighborhoods.
- Have children carry a cell phone. Not only can they call for help, but phones can also be used to locate children via GPS.
5. Costume Safety: Second only to candy is wearing a fun costume. Take a few minutes to make sure your child’s costume doesn’t become or create a safety hazard.
- Make sure costumes are made of flame-resistant material.
- Avoid walking near lit candles or luminaries.
- Approve of costumes only if they fit well and won’t cause tripping or decreased visibility.
- Make sure shoes fit properly and won’t cause tripping.
- Add reflective tape or flashing Halloween decorations to costumes to increase visibility.
Halloween presents opportunity for safe fun for children & adults alike providing basic safety guidelines are followed. In addition to the above tips, become aware of Halloween Party Safety and Halloween Pet Safety and be sure to employ Yard Haunt Safety if you transform your yard for Halloween too.
Taking just a few extra minutes to understand Halloween safety can help ensure your children, your yard, your neighborhood “” and of course yourself “” are safe and free from tragedy on Halloween.