October is in full force; Fall smells fill the air, trees are transforming to an array of colors, and there are endless amounts of activities for you and your loved ones. Going apple picking and pumpkin carving are great family activities, but it’s no secret that trick-or-treating is what every child looks forward to the most. While your child’s focus is probably on which costume to wear and the candy they will amass, your focus should be sure to include these Halloween safety tips!
When picking out a costume:
- Skip the masks – Though theatrical, masks are often loose and obstruct children’s vision. If this accessory is a must, try painting one on instead. Be sure to use kid-friendly, washable paint.
- Stick with bright colors – Costumes that incorporate bright colors are easier to spot by cars or other pedestrians. If you are trick–or–treating at night, try sticking reflective tape onto your child’s costume for extra precaution.
- Watch the material – No matter what costume your child picks, make sure it is made of flame–resistant material. Also check the sizing to be sure layers can fit under the costume. Octobers in Michigan will almost always be chilly.
Having the right costume is only part of the equation for Halloween fun!
Stay street smart on Halloween with safety tips:
- Respect your cities trick-or-treating hours. Don’t know what they are? Check out a list of all the nearby city times from Oakland County Mom’s.
- Pre-plan your trick-or-treating route. Chances are your children are going to be ready to run wild. Agreeing to a planned route will help you keep them by your side.
- Mind the streets. Carry a flashlight and spend some time before leaving the house to explain pedestrian rules and how to be mindful of cars.
- Check your child’s candy first. Before surrendering their goods over, do a check of the treats. Are they all in their original wrapping? Remove any homemade treats and throw away anything that looks like it may have been tampered.
Preventing your child from eating candy on Halloween may be a lost cause, but keeping them safe is not. Be sure to keep our Halloween safety tips in mind. From everyone here at Crittenton Hospital, we wish you a healthy, safe and most importantly, fun Halloween!