Halloween could be scary for different reasons than you think because on average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween than any other day of year! However, simple steps can be taken to ensure your children stay safe.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends making sure your children are seen. This can be done through wearing light or bright colored costumes, or using retro-reflective tape, glow sticks or stickers which are visible to drivers. It is also suggested children do not wear masks, but instead wear face paint or makeup as masks can impair or hinder vision.
Safety should always take a priority, which means adult supervision! Children should be supervised during trick-or-treating by an adult. Never let children trick-or-treat alone. Drivers should be extra vigilant on this night and should slow down and be alert when driving in residential neighborhoods, school zones and near parks.
Also, remember to remind your children to wait until they are home to eat their candy or treats. If your child has food allergies, be on the lookout for teal colored pumpkins. Food Allergy Research and Education encourages putting a teal pumpkin on your doorstep, this implies that you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small toys. This simple act promotes inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.
Lastly, make sure to have fun!!