It’s almost that time of year! Ghosts and ghouls, tricks and treats—the favorite holiday for many kids. You want to have fun this Halloween, but you also need to make sure everyone stays safe. Here are some tips for doing that.
- Check the costume: For both adults and kids, make sure costumes fit correctly and don’t drag on the ground. You don’t want anyone tripping and getting hurt. If the costume uses a mask, make sure the eye holes are big enough so the person wearing it can see well. Also, be sure that costumes are flame-resistant.
- Watch the accessories: If a costume needs a sword or other prop, be sure it’s made out of flexible plastic and doesn’t have sharp points.
- Wear the right shoes: Okay, goofy heels might look fun, but they’re not practical for trick-or-treating. Be sure you and your kids wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
- Stand out: Add reflective strips or shiny jewelry to costumes, or carry a flashlight. This will help your kids stand out if you need to find them. It will help drivers see trick-or-treaters on a dark night, too.
- Stay in a group: It’s almost always better for adults to accompany kids when they trick-or-treat. But if your kids are old enough to trick-or-treat without you, make sure they stay with their group. Also, devise a route before the night begins and explain that they need to stick to this route. This way, you can find them if you need to.
- Watch the flames: Make sure you and your kids don’t walk too close to candles, luminaries, and other sources of fire. If you have a jack-o’-lantern inside your home, be sure it’s far away from curtains and anything else that could catch fire.
- Choose a good path: Stay on sidewalks if you can. If you and your kids must walk in the road, stay to one far edge and face traffic as you walk. Try to avoid neighborhoods you’re not familiar with.
- Never go in: Sure, it’s a fun night, but don’t let your guard down. Never go in a stranger’s house while trick-or-treating. Along those same lines, don’t let strangers in if you’re answering the door.
- Keep it clean: We’ve all heard stories about Halloween tricks, but usually treats are a better idea. Discourage your kids from egging a house or partaking in any other forms of vandalism.
- Inspect the loot: Make sure kids never eat candy before you’ve had a chance to check the haul. You’ll want to throw out anything that has an opened wrapper or looks tampered with. Don’t eat homemade treats unless you know and trust the person who made them.
- Take it slow: Let your kids have a few treats on Halloween, but then put the rest away for future rationing. No one needs a huge sugar rush before bedtime!
To learn more about keeping your family safe, call Aventura Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-256-7692. Serving the Miami-Dade and South Broward community, we’re here to answer all your questions.