Child Safety in Murrieta and Menifee on Halloween
Halloween child safety | Halloween is a magical time of year, especially for children. Anticipation grows with each passing day as they decorate jack-o’-lanterns, tell ghost stories, and search to find the perfect costume for the big night.
Safety is Not Just Kids Stuff
Amidst the excitement of the season, Halloween safety is probably the last thing on their minds. As parents, we need to remind our whole family how to stay safe to get the most out of their Halloween festivities. For many children, Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year — and it’s easy to understand why.
After all, when else do they get to dress up as their favorite character, collect candy to their heart’s content, and stay up past their bedtime? Of course, you want your kids to enjoy a hauntingly fun night, but like most parents, you’re probably concerned about their safety.
If you plan to help your children participate in Halloween traditions like wearing costumes and trick-or-treating this year, check out these Halloween Safety Tips!
Halloween Safety Tips for Costumes:
- Choose Fire-Resistant Materials: It is important to know what sort of fabrics and materials you are dressing your child in. Whether dressing as a teddy bear or a rock star, take the time to read the label and consider only dressing your children in costumes, including wigs and accessories, that are fire-resistant.
- Reduce Risk by Avoiding Dangerous Props and Accessories: Costume props and accessories, like swords or fairy princess wands, can be a big part of the fun in dressing up but they can also lead to unintentional injury for your child or their friends. Many costume shops and retailers offer props made from soft and pliable materials like a foam to help reduce the chance of injury when you little ninja starts swinging those nun-chucks.
- Chose Non-Toxic Face Paint & Makeup: This one likely seems like a no-brainer, but when choosing face paints or makeup to complete your child’s look, examine the packaging and look for indications that the product is non-toxic. All face paints are not created equal.
- Reflective Tape is Your Friend: Pick up a roll of reflective tape from your local hardware or general goods store and incorporate strips of the stuff into your child’s costume design. Reflective tape helps to protect your child by making them more visible to vehicles, therefore, reducing the risk of an accident.
Halloween Safety Tips for Trick of Treating:
- Appropriate Adult Supervision: Don’t get distracted from good parenting principles just because your child is sporting a plastic “Hulk” mask. An adult who is capable of providing appropriate supervision should accompany any trick-or-treating children. This means the line of sight, you’ve invested a lot in your kids . . . protect them as you have.
- Stick to Familiar Surroundings: Resist the urge to venture into unfamiliar neighborhoods. If you want to expand this year’s safe territory, visit the neighborhood in the weeks leading up to the big day so that you are familiar when it’s game time!
- Make a Plan: If you decide to allow your older youth to strike out without you, insist on a planned route and time table for their return. Even have them make periodic check-in calls.
- Strangers are Even Stranger on Halloween: This one may seem obvious, but remind your children that they are never to enter the car or home of a stranger. Your kids may get caught up in the excitement and assume that since you’ve permitted them to approach strangers’ homes asking for candy that it wouldn’t hurt to step inside for a moment while that stranger refills their candy bowl. Remind your kids about Stranger Danger.
- Save the Eating for When you get Home: A good rule for trick-or-treating is to tell your kids to wait until they get home before they start devouring their treasure of candy. You, as the adult, need to help them examine the candy for safety, to help them indulge sensibly, and to claim a couple of pieces for yourself . . . as a service charge.
- Stay Aware of Your Surroundings: If Pokémon Go taught us anything, it is to stay constantly aware of our surroundings. Look both ways when crossing the streets. Don’t walk into traffic. Avoid falling into bodies of water and/or construction hazards. Some of your kid’s costumes (especially those with masks) may restrict a child’s field of view. Remind them to be aware of that and encourage them to stay aware.
- It’s Okay to Throw Candy Away: What!? I know, this may seem controversial but it is okay to toss candy into the rubbish bin. Throw away any candy that appears to have been opened and/or tampered with. There is another candy and other days, err on the side of caution to avoid the potential of injury or illness. You can even throw out perfectly good candy. In retrospect, I ate myself self many Halloweens as a child . . . we know our kid’s ability to consume and capacity to tolerate sugar better than they do . . . help them make wise choices with their consumption of the loot. Read more…
Halloween is a time to celebrate the spooky spirit in all of us – lights, decorations, trick-or-treating and surprises! But no matter the age of your child, before the costume goes on and vast amounts of candy are consumed, parents need to think about Halloween safety to ensure the only surprise that happens during the evening is the one that is planned.
Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house. But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.
In 2017, 7,450 pedestrians died in traffic or non-traffic incidents, according to Injury Facts. Non-traffic incidents include those occurring on driveways, in parking lots or on private property.
NSC research reveals almost 18% of these deaths occurred at road crossings or intersections. Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night also plays a factor in these deaths.
Here’s a scary statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. In 2017, October ranked No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,700. July is No. 1, with 3,830 deaths.
To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips. Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won’t cause safety hazards.
- All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
- Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
- If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
- When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
- Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation
When They’re on the Prowl
- A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
- If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
- Agree on a specific time children should return home
- Teach your children never to enter a stranger’s home or car
- Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
- Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
- Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street
Safety Tips for Motorists
NSC offers these additional safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:
- Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
- At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
- Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween
Scary in the Best Way Possible
Halloween safety is all about being aware of the dangers and doing everything you can to keep your family safe throughout this fun night. As long as you keep safety in mind as you celebrate, your Halloween will be scary in the best way possible. Getting lots of candy maybe your children’s only thoughts on Halloween, but yours is making sure they stay safe while having fun. These tips should help make sure no unplanned surprises creep up on you and your family.
Stay safe and have a Happy and Spooky Halloween!