Halloween’s Safety “Trick and Treat”

Tips and Tricks before going Trick-or-Treating

There are so many things that kids look forward to on Halloween every year. Dressing up like their favorite princess, or superhero. Spooky stories, pumpkin patches and cinnamon smelling brooms. Who else loves those huh? Well, all together make up one of the most anticipated nights of the year. As adults, we look forward to seeing our children dress up and get into character as they prepare for the biggest costume parade ever (so they think). Around this time of year, families gather at tables with all the children, and do arts & crafts. Here are some tips and tricks for this years spooky festivities.

1. Carve and Enjoy

Pumpkin carvings, who else loves those? The only time of the year that parents don’t fight with the children about playing around with their food, while creating your own work of art on their pumpkins. Placing them on porches all over the world, on display for everyone to see. Although it may seem fun, it can also be very dangerous. Leave the carving to the adults, and children are in charge of decorations. Markers, glitter, paint and some glue. They’re many different tools that have made it “safe” for children to use, but anything can happen when having fun. After the pumpkin is all carved and ready to go, there is just one more step, the CANDLE. For better control, I suggest to buy a battery operated flameless candle. It gives off the image of an original burning candle, with less the risk. But, if you want to go original and place a candle inside of your jack-o-lantern, use candles with care. BE sure to place it on a sturdy surface away from curtains and other flammable objects.

2. Be creative and DIY your costumes

Picking out what you’re going to be for Halloween, is mission #1 when the holidays roll around. Will the kids be princes’/princesses or superheroes’? What will I be? The question always comes up. Why not make it a little more interesting this year and create your own version of a store bought costume. The brighter, the better. It’s important that you keep in mind that trick-or-treating is normally held at night, where it is very important to stand out. Reflectors, or bright and light colors are always a good way to be seen. If you’re going out after dark, another good thing to use is reflective tape. The whole family will be seen, and safe. In case of a sudden chill outside, assure that your costume is a big lose to be able to wear clothes underneath your costume. Shopping for the correct size is important. The last thing you need on Halloween is a trick-and-trip over your shoes that resemble those of a clown. Avoid wearing face masks, or anything that can obstruct you or your child’s vision. Switch to makeup, it works miracles. Right ladies? Also, limit your accessories. Don’t go trick-or-treating with pointy objects, trade them out for flashlights or glow sticks. Pointy objects can be highly dangerous for you and also for the pedestrians around you.

3. Set rules. Trick-or-Treat with extreme care

It’s important to set ground rules on Halloween, in case the children are separated or lost. Trick-or-treaters under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Children have a habit of running off when they see their favorite superhero or character out on Halloween, and we know a way you can use in case you’re separated. If your child will be trick-or-treating without you, plan and discuss a familiar route and set a curfew. Review safety rules, including staying with a group of friends, walking only on the sidewalk, approaching only clearly lit homes, and never going inside a home for a treat. This is a perfect time to use those cell phones and stay in contact always. Have a family meal before heading out. Inspecting the treats before allowing your child to dive in can be very helpful. There are people out there that will try to hurt children and/or adults. 

4. Throw a party!!

If you’re like me, then you’re an over an obsessive parent with your children which isn’t entirely a bad thing. Consider throwing a Halloween party at your home. Decorate around the home, garages, and patios that you have around your home. Invite friends and family. Indulge in good food and some good tricks and treats. Plan to play games and compete for prizes. Another option is to go to your local church and other advertised places that host Halloween events at an earlier time and provide another safe alternative to celebrate. Whatever you and your family decide to do, make sure it is in everyone’s best interest and that everyone is safe.

5. Drive Safe

If you’re going to be commuting via vehicle, please remember that children are running around that night more then any other. Be very vigilant. Watch out for children on bikes or on foot running in between cars. Be careful driving around communities and places that have alleyways or driveways. Your extra set of eyes and ears this Halloween can ensure the safety of everyone, including your family.

From everyone here at Elite Security, we want to wish you a safe & “sweet” Halloween.