Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween—but not one that can land your child in urgent care or the emergency department. As families across the South Shore make their final preparations for Halloween, here are some safety tips goblins of all ages should keep in mind.
Safety check your home: Whether you hand out candy to trick-or-treaters or leave some on the front porch as you take your own little pumpkins around the neighborhood, do your part to keep kids safe this Halloween. Ensure the path to your door is clear of obstacles or hazards that little feet may trip over. Replace any burned-out exterior lightbulbs so trick-or-treaters can see where they’re going. And, if you have pets, make sure they’re safely inside so they don’t jump on or bite your visitors.
Masks off: Costumes with masks that cover a child’s face can slip, obscuring his or her vision. When possible, use non-toxic face paint or makeup to complete the facial portion of a costume. (Test the makeup in advance to be sure your child doesn’t have an allergy to the product.)
Avoid decorative contact lenses: Teens may want to use contact lenses that change the appearance of the eye. While many of the products sold in party or costume stores claim they are safe for use, it’s best to obtain lenses from an eye care professional.
Shine on: Pedestrian injuries are the most common cause of injury to kids on Halloween. Reflective tape can help drivers see ghouls and goblins on dark streets. Add strips of reflective tape to trick-or-treat bags, shoes, or around the edges of costumes to keep kids visible.
Develop a game plan: Parents of young children should accompany them as they visit trusted neighbors. Never go inside a home or car to collect a treat. Older children should tell their parents exactly where they’re going and when they’ll be home, and bring a cell phone with them. All trick-or-treaters should carry a functioning flashlight with fresh batteries.
Stay healthy at home: Candy tampering is rare, but an adult should do a quick check of the trick-or-treat haul to make sure the sweet treats are safe. While a binge on October 31 is fun, consider rationing the goodies. Some organizations also collect unwanted candy for troops serving overseas. Ask if your kids would be willing to share the bounty with someone in need.
With these tips, you should have a safe and happy Halloween!