10 Safety Tips for a Spooktacular Halloween

Although Halloween has traditionally been a holiday focused on acts of mischief and mayhem, there’s no need to endanger yourself or your family in the process. Whether you’re taking your children trick-or-treating yourself, or sending them off with friends for the first time, there are always ways to mitigate potential hazards and ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for all. Here are some of our best safety tips to ensure a fun, adventurous, and Spooktacular Halloween this year.

1. Ensure your child’s costume is safe and warm

Depending on where you live, the weather on Halloween can be warm and balmy, even in the evening, or snowy and cold. The first way that you can ensure that your child is prepared for Halloween is to ensure that their costume is suitable for the weather, or can be worn over cold-weather clothing. Children growing up in the northern half of the country should already be resigned to the fact that all of their costumes need to be able to fit over a snowsuit.

If your child is going trick-or-treating in the evening, it’s a good idea to ensure that there are reflective strips or panels on their costume, especially if it’s made of a dark material. This makes it easier for cars to see them in the dark. Other costume hazards include hanging fabric pieces and long hemlines that can easily trip your child.

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2. Avoid wearing masks

Another costume hazard that can be dangerous for children who are trick-or-treating outside in the dark is a mask. Not only does it prevent you from identifying your child quickly, it also obscures their vision. Even if they claim that they can see through the eye-holes, it limits their peripheral vision, which can lead to accidents if they’re unable to see approaching cars.

Even masks that don’t cover the entire head it can limit their vision enough for it to be dangerous. Instead of wearing a mask, use non-toxic body paint to paint your child’s face into an illusion that matches their costume. There are tons of tutorials online that can help you get started, even if you’re not a confident artist. If your child does want to wear a mask, consider using a partial-face mask made of fabric, which conforms to their face and allows unobstructed vision.

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