Halloween is a time of year that’s fun, and frightening, for all ages. Dressing up as your favorite character and visiting neighbors to trick-or-treat can be exciting for children, but nerve-wracking for parents. Just days away from the spooky holiday, here are a few tips to make sure your family’s Halloween is full of more treats than tricks:
- Make sure your children’s costumes are trick-or-treat ready. Bright and reflective costumes are easier for drivers to see. Shoes should fit well to prevent tripping. Hats should fit properly so that they cannot slide over their eyes. Using non-toxic makeup could be better than a mask, as masks can block or limit eyesight.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
- Have children carry flashlights so they are more visible to automobiles.
- Plan for children to go out with a group and/or an adult chaperone. Remind them to never go inside a stranger’s house.
- Only visit houses with their front lights on, which indicates trick-or-treaters are welcome.
- Stay in well-lit areas, on sidewalks and out of the road. Plan routes accordingly to avoid having to cross streets frequently.
- Don’t cut across yards, as there may be unknown obstacles in the dark.
- Before eating treats, sort and check them at home. Although tampering with treats is rare, adults should check for items that may be open, spoiled, or inappropriate for children (such as anything that could trigger an allergic reaction).
Once the candy sorting is complete and your little ghosts or goblins are asleep, remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms when you change your clocks. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on November 1st this year, right after the conclusion of the holiday. We hope you have a wonderful and spooky Halloween weekend!