It’s that time of year already. Pumpkin spice is back and the stores have all their Halloween decorations and costumes on display. Do you remember how much fun it was to get dressed up as your favorite action hero, cartoon character, or princess and go door to door for Halloween treats? Well, your children can now experience that same joy. Just as your parents did for you, now it’s your turn to prevent Halloween accidents and injuries by supervising your children closely. Here are some of our tips to help you plan ahead for the big night.
COSTUMES - KEEP IT CREATIVE & SAFE!
Don’t wear baggy or costumes that are too long. They are difficult to walk in and can be tripping hazards.
Face paint, wigs, and accessories are safer than masks, as they can obstruct a child’s vision.
Make sure makeup and face paint is non-toxic. Test on a small area before applying to their face.
Stick some reflective tape on trick or treat bags so they can be easily spotted by motorists. There are also flashing lights available that can attach to their shoes. You could also keep the fun going and let them wear some glow sticks as necklaces or bracelets!
Trick-or-treating is safer (and more fun!) in groups. Children of any age should always be supervised. See if you can coordinate a group of their friends and parents to go out as one big group!
Stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks.
Remind children to never approach or get into a car with a stranger offering them candy.
Carefully inspect the candy and throw away anything not sealed; especially avoiding handmade treats.
DRIVE EXTRA CAREFULLY
Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Kids are excited and move quickly and in unpredictable ways.
Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.
Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn on your headlights earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
About the Author
Lori Whitesell is a Personal Lines Account Manager at Bouchard Insurance. Lori is experienced in all lines of personal insurance.