The air is cool, the leaves are turning, and your local supermarket is simply overflowing with tasty treats! Halloween is just rounding the corner, and promising fun and games for everyone! Everyone... but you, mom and dad.
Unfortunately, it's true. Parent's often find it difficult to truly enjoy the party when danger lurks around every corner, and we're not talking about witches and ghosties here. It's dark, the streets are over-crowded, nearly everyone has a mask or disguise, and, oh yeah, what was that rule about taking candy from strangers? It's no wonder that mom and dad are tense! However, there is still hope for a good time. Read on to find out how to keep your family safe and still have fun.
While a traditional part of the holiday, being out and about after dark can create many potential hazards for you and your little one. Tripping on the sidewalk, falling on sharp props, and accidentally walking into traffic are just a few of the dangers you and yours may face. Be smart, and try a few of these preventative measures to ensure you have NO reason to be afraid of the dark.
- Always wear clothing with reflective markings or tape. If you can't incorporate it into the costume, then add a small vest or belt that will do the job for you.
- Never cut across yards or driveways. You might not see a car that doesn't have it's lights on.
- Keep track of the time even in the dark with a watch that lights up.
- Be sure your costume won't drag on the ground.
- Don't go anywhere without a flashlight
- And, of course, walk, don't run.
- Keep to the sidewalks. Or, if there isn't one, stay on the side of the road that faces traffic.
- When driving around, always mind the traffic signals
- Don't wear a mask if it obstructs your eyesight. Instead, carry it with you to the door and slip it on before ringing.
Mom and Dad beware!
There are some safety tips you can't expect junior to understand or even remember. It is important that you, mom or dad, take responsibility for making sure your child's costume is flame retardant, and that they NEVER eat candy before it's inspected. A good way to keep their little hands out of the candy jar is to feed them dinner before going trick or treating. Also, always accompany them if you can, and know where they're going when you can't. And when it comes to strangers, never approach a dark home, avoid visiting neighborhoods you aren't familiar with, and be on the look out for loose pets.
Do your part.
When giving out candy to the little ones, be sure that your home isn't a hazard in itself.
- Clear your lawn of obstacles, such as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip people in the dark.
- Put your pets away. All the fuss, masks, cars, and screaming toddlers could provoke even the most even tempered pat to bite or scratch.
- Try to avoid leaving open flames in your jack-o-lanterns. Battery powered lights work just as well.
- Help parents keep their children healthy and happy with tasty snacks instead of chocolate and sugar. They probably have enough of that as it is. A few good choices are: low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
- For the older kids that aren't in any danger of choking, you might try toys instead of treats. For example, you could give out cool plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, and real or pretend coins.
This blog post was provided by Stephanie Parker – our blog writer extraordinaire!