It's the spookiest time of year, and that means trick-or-treaters will be out in full force asking home-dwellers for pieces of candy. While it's an exciting time for kids, Halloween can be a nerve-wracking time for adults whose sole job it is to make sure that everyone stays safe. So, here are just a few tips to help keep everyone safe and happy this Halloween.
Watch out for Pedestrians as you Drive
There's going to be a whole lot of extra foot traffic as you make your way home from work this evening. Kids will be running eagerly from door to door, and may not give much thought to double checking the road to see if it's safe to cross. That's why you, as the driver, must be extra vigilant in watching for unexpected road-crossers.
It's especially important to be aware of this if you're driving a cohort of costumed youngsters around while they do their trick-or-treating. Keep on the lookout for kids dressed in dark clothing or masks that might block their line of sight. Which leads us to the next point.
Caution Against Face Masks and Dark Costumes
It can be a hazard for kids trick-or-treating to wear costumes that make them hard to see at night. It's a big risk to take, especially considering that not all drivers will be as attentive as you.
It's also advisable to opt for face paint instead of a mask. Masks can limit what kids can see, and with so much traffic and activity on Halloween, it's a good idea to insist on this safety choice for the good of all.
After all, the safety of kids must come first and it's up to us parents to ensure it.
Check all Candy before Eating
While we all like to believe the best in people, it's always possible for some unwanted and unsafe treats to make it into kids' loot bags on Halloween night. That's why it's a good idea to double check all the candy they bring home and to caution against eating any before it has the chance to be checked out by a trusted adult.
In general, anything that comes prepackaged by a reputable or well-known brand is likely safe. But be on the lookout for anything that appears to be homemade or otherwise dubious.
Have Kids Travel with an Adult Chaperone
This safety concern for Halloween night is as much about the kids' general comfort as it is about their well-being. In the excitement of the evening, kids can forget about staying hydrated or staying warm in addition to all the general safety concerns we adults tend to think about.
The chaperone can ensure that no bigger kids attempt to make off with loot bags that don't belong to them, make certain that all the kids are behaving in a reasonably acceptable manner, and that everyone is treated fairly and had a good time.
Simply put, if a grown-up (or grown-ups) tags along to keep an eye on the kids then everyone is assured to have a safe yet fun Halloween evening.
Remember to Have Fun!
Halloween is a magical time for kids, as we're sure you well-remember yourself. So while it's your duty or keep everyone safe, that by no means requires an overly stern presence. It's perfectly acceptable for you, the responsible adult, to enjoy the spirit of this, the spookiest of all eves. Happy trick-or-treating to all, and to all a spooky night.