Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

October 17, 2012 | Chicago, IL

By: Erika Claich

Halloween is one of the best times of year for families! Whether you’re taking the kids around the neighborhood to meet the neighbors and trick-or-treat or going to a local party, the following reminders will help parents keep the holiday safe and fun for everyone.

Ten Safety Tips to Follow This (and any) Halloween:

1) If your kids are young, take this golden chance to be a kid again and go trick-or-treating with them. You can create great memories together while making sure your children make the trip safely.

2) If you can’t make it out with the kids for trick-or-treating, ask an adult friend or relative to take them out, or see if they can tag-along with a friend who’s already going with a parent.

3) When your child picks a costume, there are a few things you want to look for to make sure it’s safe:

  • the costume should be either fire proof or treated with fire retardant
  • if the costume has a mask, the holes for the eyes should be big enough so that your child can see properly through them
  • check the length of the costume - if it’s too long, hem it up so that your child doesn’t trip
  • double-check any costume props and make sure they don’t have any sharp or pointy edges

4) Serve your kids a filling meal before they go trick-or-treating. This way, they won’t be as tempted to eat the candy before you’ve had a chance to check it at home.

5) Check the candy before you let the kids have any! Any candy in open or damaged packaging should be thrown away

6) Make sure your kids know how to cross a street safely. Tell them to always a) look both ways before crossing, b) cross only at corners and/or cross walks, and c) hold the hand of any younger children when crossing a street.

7) Teach your kids to be cautious around strangers. Tell them that they should never talk to, get in a car with, or go into any building with someone they do not know no matter what that person says to them. Let your kids know that if a stranger tries to get them to do any of these things, they should scream as loud as they can to get attention and run away as fast as they can to someplace safe.

8) If your children are older and don’t need an adult chaperone, it’s still important to make sure you know where they plan to be and when. Ask them to check in with you frequently so that you know where they’re at and that they’re safe. If they’re going to a friend’s house, ask for the phone number there and to meet a parent.

9) Set a time for your kids to be home by. Make sure they know how important it is for them to be home on time, and that they should call immediately if something happens and they are going to be late.

10) Kids will be kids. Explain to kids of all ages the difference between tricks and vandalism. Throwing eggs at a house might seem funny to the person throwing the egg, but it can ruin the holiday for the homeowner who’s stuck with the cleanup and damages. Let your kids know that if they get caught vandalizing, they will be responsible for cleaning up and paying for the damages.

Erie House wishes you a safe and Happy Halloween!

 

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