Regardless of whether you are planning on hanging with your kids and trick-or-treating, partying all night with your best friends, or staying sober this Halloween, safety needs to remain a priority for everyone during the holiday.
Excitement and partying can often get in the way of safety, but the following insightful tips will keep you and your little ghouls out of harm’s way this year.
Visibility is a Must For Kids and Adults
Instead of wearing masks as a part of costumes, consider using face paint or makeup. Be sure to choose non-toxic face wear, as this is a much better option. When choosing costumes, always remember: masks can be a hindrance to vision and breathing for both children and adults.
And if you’re costume just isn’t complete with a mask, try to cut extra large eye and mouth holes for increased visibility and comfort. Also, remind trick-or-treaters to remove their masks when crossing streets at night.
Do your best to choose costumes that are light in color so that those driving on Halloween night can see children effortlessly. If the costume needs to be dark include something creative to improve their visibility.
For example if a Darth Vader costume is chosen, it definitely has to be all black. Compromise by giving your little Sith Lord a glowing light saber!
Additionally, consider adding reflective tape to costumes to make kids standout to cars. A strip or two of reflective tape on costumes and candy bags really does wonders!
Many people don’t realize that pedestrian fatalities are much higher than normal on Halloween. This is due to congested streets, drunk driving, and poor visibility due to costumes. If your kids are riding bikes or skateboards around on Halloween night, make sure they are equipped with bright headlamps and lights.
Drunk-Proof Your Costume
Consider any potential ‘drunk hazards’ to your costume if you plan on binge-drinking this Halloween.
Ask yourself: “Are 12” heels or stilts a smart thing to include in a costume if drinking is inevitable?”
Analyze your costume and put yourself in your ‘drunk shoes.’ What potential wardrobe malfunctions could occur? What may trip you up, either literally or figuratively? These are all important questions to ask yourself before heading out to festive parties or bar-hopping for the night.
And as always, make sure to plan ahead and designate a sober driver for safe travels home!
If the Hat Fits, Wear It
Hats and other accessories that are worn on the top of heads are very common elements to costumes. It’s crucially important to know your hat size to use especially when ordering head wear off the internet.
You want to make sure that hats aren’t an irritating addition to your costume, and that they aren’t something to fumble with all evening long.
Don’t Leave the Jack-O-Lantern Lit
House fires are more common on Halloween than on other nights of the year. Jack-O-Lanterns are fun to make, and radiate a festive glow on porches and sidewalks, but they require attention when lit. Instead of using actual candles and flames, consider flashlights or LED’s instead!
Supervise or Send Trick-Or-Treaters Out in Groups
The term ‘safety in numbers’ is most relevant on Halloween night.
Instruct trick-or-treaters to always go out in groups of three or more. There is always much more safety when kids celebrate in numbers.Make sure that at least one kid in the group has a cell phone and knows to call immediately if they get lost or of their path.
Create a familiar route with your kiddos, in a logical way that keeps away from busy roads and intersections as much as possible.
If all else fails enjoy trick or treating with your kids, you’ll probably have just as much fun as they do in all reality!
Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for numerous reasons. No matter what you’re doing to celebrate keep these safety tips at the forefront of your mind!
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