Whether you want to rock a tiara as Wonder Woman, swing a bat as Harley Quinn, or take your kids around the town, here are some tips for having a safe Halloween.
“On October 31 and the days leading up to this much celebrated holiday, everyone should be alert and aware of their surrounds and the dangers that can present themselves to children and adults,” Survival Life says.
Continue on for more information on tips for having a safe Halloween.
1. Make Sure You Have Light
Being in the dark can be dangerous especially if you cannot see what is around you so one of the best tips for having a safe Halloween include staying visible.
The CDC recommends “hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.” It is also recommended to walk on lighted pathways.
2. Use Reflective Tape
In order for drivers and others to see you on dark streets, the American Association of Pediatrics suggests wearing “plain costumes that are bright and reflective.”
The American Association of Pediatrics also suggests placing reflective tape on “costumes and trick-or-treat bags.”
It will be difficult for others to see you or your child if they are dressed in dark colors.
3. Use Bags You Can See through
Using bags you can see through when trick or treating will help you in determining what is placed in your bag.
This can be especially helpful for parents who have small children or children with food allergies. “Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers,” the CDC states.
4. Carefully Select Your Costume Pieces
Make sure you or your child can walk comfortably in the costume, especially if you have a long night of walking and partying.
Survival Life suggests, “when selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.”
It can also be helpful to make sure fake weapons do not have sharp ends which can accidentally harm others. “Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible,” the CDC says.
5. Check Your Face Paint
CNN Wire from Memphis News says, “the coalition recommends picking costumes that do not require face paint.”
There can be damaging chemicals in some face paints.
It is recommended that if you do decide to wear face paint, you check to see if you are allergic to it before putting large amounts of face paint on.
6. Do Not Go out Alone
Your will be safer if you travel with your friends and family. A bigger group of people can offer you and your friends more protection.
“Avoid trick or treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.” The CDC says.
7. Be Alert when Driving
Notice where you are and the time of day. Survival Life states, “slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.”
It is also explained that trick-or-treating can draw large crowds which causes drivers to need to use more caution.
“Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances,” Survival Life suggests.
8. Check Your Children’s Candy
It is also essential to understand what type of candy is best for your child to eat, especially if they are allergic to nuts.
CCN Wire urges parents to think about controlling the amount of candy their children eat during and after Halloween night.
Make sure to have fun Halloween while being aware of where you are and what is going on around you!