Safety First! Remind Your Trick-or-Treaters of These Important Halloween Safety Tips!
October 24, 2014
With October 31 just seven days away, your little witches and wizards are likely counting down the days until Halloween. It's easy to get swept up in the excitement of candy and costumes, but as parents and caregivers, it's our job to make safety a top priority. Before you and the kids depart Annapolis for a fun-filled night of trick-or-treating, be sure to review these important safety tips:
1) Buddy up.
If you're trick-or-treating with a larger group, rely on the partner system by assigning each child a buddy. Remember: Never allow young children to trick-or-treat without adult supervision. Enforce a strict curfew for older tweens and teens venturing out alone, and remind them to only approach homes that are well-lit.
2) Make the most out of the daylight.
Having a route in mind will help ensure the night progresses smoothly, especially when you plan a pit stop for bathroom breaks, water, and healthy snacks. Parents of younger children are advised to begin trick-or-treating while it's still light out and wrap up trick-or-treating well before 9 p.m. Trick-or-treating at the USNA base will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Upon returning home to Annapolis, thoroughly inspect the candy before handing it over to your child.
3) Put function before form.
That elaborate costume might look adorable on Pinterest, but will your little one be comfortable wearing the costume for hours on end? Nudge your child toward a more practical costume—and shoes—that won't itch, scratch, or cause blisters. Reduce the risk of falls by ensuring that the costume doesn't drag on the ground, and equip your trick-or-treater with glow sticks, flashlights, reflectors, and other high visibility accessories. Once the sun sets, remind your little ones to walk in a calm and orderly fashion to avoid trips and falls!
For more safety tips, click through to the About.com article Trick or Treating Time! Halloween Safety for Your Ghosts and Goblins.