Halloween is such an exciting time for children. They love dressing up in costumes, going trick or treating, and reaping the rewards of candy. Halloween is meant for fun, but kids should also stay safe as well.
Let’s start with costumes. Children can get hurt with unsafe costumes. Store bought costumes should be flame resistant. Flame resistant materials include fabrics such as nylon and polyester, so iff considering these are ideal choices. Parents should avoid long costumes and high heeled shoes. Long-costumes or capes and high heeled shoes can cause children to fall or trip leading to injuries.
If a mask is worn on Halloween, make sure the eye holes are big enough to see not only in front, but peripherally as well. Parents may have to cut the eyeholes more themselves if vision is obstructed by a costume mask.
Also it is important to make sure that your child is dressed warmly for “trick or treating” or Halloween parades. Children will not have a good time if they are cold and could possibly get sick later from being cold. And neither of these scenarios bode well for parents. 🙂
On another note, face makeup can cause some children to have a localized allergic reaction including rash, redness and swelling. I suggest experimenting with the makeup a few days before Halloween, leaving it on for at least 30 minutes to see whether or not your child can tolerate the it.
I know this is probably a no-brainer, but young children should always go trick or treating with a responsible adult. Older children and teens should stay together as a group if going trick or treating without an adult. Teens should plan a safe route and have a cell phone with them at all times. All children should be reminded that it’s probably not a home of a stranger or get in to their car during trick or treating.
Reflective tape on Halloween costumes, using glow-sticks, a glow in the dark “trick or treat” bag, or a flashlight also make trick or treaters more visible to drivers on Halloween night.
When children get home from their evening of fun treats should be examined by an adult. Throw out any fresh fruit or anything that is loose and not in a wrapper. And they can make the candy last longer by only eating a little bit of candy at a time. Eating too much candy at once could give your child a stomachache or make them nauseous and no one wants to end their Halloween festivities with a sick child.