Make Halloween safe, rather than scary, with these safety tips
The ghosts and monsters are not the real danger this Halloween, and neither are poisoned apples or razor blades in candy. No, the scariest thing for kids out trick-or-treating is cars.
More than 100 kids were hit and killed by cars on Halloween between 1990 and 2010, according to an analysis by the government. That’s more than five deaths every Halloween, or about twice the rate of a normal day.
Here are some easy—and sometimes even fun—ways to keep your kids safe this Halloween.
Be bold and stand out. Pick bright and reflective costumes, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Add reflective tape to your costumes and bags, too.
Read the labels. Look for flame-resistant wigs, hats and costumes where possible.
Ditch the mask. Choose face painting instead. Masks rarely fit right and can be hard to see through. Simple accents with makeup is a safer choice, or go pro. You will be amazed by the kinds of things professional face painters can do. Consider tapping into local painters or artists.
Accessorize brightly. Instead of the standard gear, get a glow-in-the-dark wand (just $2.99 at Spirit Halloween) or sword. Look for nontraditional ways to illuminate, too. This Superman glow safety stick is about $5 from Spirit.
Refresh the batteries. Put fresh batteries in your kids’ flashlights. And while you’re at it, get your kids special, spirited flashlights, like these mini Halloween flashlights on a rope—so they’re easier to keep track of with all of the accessories, bags and candy they’ll be juggling.
Give goodies instead of sweets. Consider trick-or-treaters’ health and give away little goodies instead of candy. Coloring books, mini notebooks, pens and cute erasers are common handouts. Also consider stickers, bottles of water (they’ll probably need it!), money, plastic jewelry, temporary tattoos, Play-Doh, funny costume accessories (go through your old Halloween costumes and decor from the past), art supplies, games (yo-yos, jacks, tops), slap bracelets, plastic spiders—just hit up the dollar store and load up.
- Decorate pumpkins with markers or paint instead of cutting them. Find some great tips here. Or, have your children draw a design and let an adult do the knife-work.
- Avoid fire and flames. Ditch the tea lights and candles and opt for electric candles and lanterns instead. These realistic looking faux candles are only $16 for three at Spirit.