Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween

Halloween gets most of its allure from the feeling of being one with the night. Taking to the streets collectively under the protection of a dark sky can feel like wicked fun no matter what age you are, but whether you’re going out with kids this year or on your own, there are a lot of safety precautions everyone needs to take to ensure a happy and safe Halloween.


The first thing to do is arm yourself against the darkness. No, that’s not a line from the new “Star Trek” movie, but it should be your motto. Parents should always carry flashlights on Halloween (always pointed downwards so as not to blind or aggravate neighbors). Have kids wear glow sticks or glow necklaces. In addition, add reflective tape to their costumes. Understandably, kids may be resistant to adding tape to their costumes, so if yours looks like he or she is going to have a little meltdown at the thought of sticking things to their costume, then just put it on their trick-or-treat bag. As long as it’s somewhere on their person, there’s more of a likelihood that they’ll be seen even if there’s no moon.

Secondly, you want to bundle up. I was lucky enough to trick-or-treat in California all my life, so I never had to experience the dismay of having to wear a snow coat over my beautiful costume (though there was the infamous year where I cried about having to wear a sweater over my Cinderella costume and my mom compromised by letting me wear it over my shoulders. If you’re worried about your little one getting cold and refusing to put on a jacket, try layering under the costume as much as possible. Of course, if it’s already snowing where you are, you’ll probably need the snow jacket, but try to make the costume as visible as possible.


If you plan on driving to a party Halloween night, drive with caution. This also goes for pedestrians crossing the street. Use cross walks, and be as visible as possible. Both parties need to understand that on a night like Halloween, everyone is responsible for being aware. Don’t started walking and assume you have the right of way or that the driver will see you. Remove any masks before crossing the street for better visibility/ability to see.


Finally, the topic of candy. If you’re worried about your kids eating too much of it and getting sick, be sure that they have a good, filling dinner to keep them from going into a sugar frenzy later in the night. It’s a sad reality that every year, the news reports on yet another terrifying candy encounter. It’s a sad fact, but some people take advantage of the trick-or-treat tradition to do unspeakable and dangerous things. First, get rid of any candy that could be unwrapped and re-wrapped without notice (such as foil peanut butter cups, tootsie rolls or “Dum Dum” lollipops that feature the wrapper simply twisted around the stick). Secondly, be sure that your child knows to show you each candy before they eat it. Inspect it thoroughly, make sure it’s sealed properly and there are no small holes or unusual glue spots keeping the candy closed (may have been tampered with). Though you may caution them against eating too much, it’s very important that they not resort to sneaking candy. To be really safe, inspect all the candy on Halloween night just in case.


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