A Treacherous Night to Prowl for Treats
Although there are many make-believe dangers on Halloween, others aren’t imaginary. Did you know, for instance, that kids are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween night than on any other day of the year? This is according to a study by State Farm in 2012. Trick-or-treating should be fun for adults and children alike, but there are real dangers involved that everyone should be aware of; keeping these in mind can help you avoid danger and mishaps as you prowl for treats. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of tips for enhanced Halloween safety.
Purchase Only Flame-Resistant Costumes and Accessories
Look closely at the label when shopping for costumes and accessories. If it doesn’t clearly specify the product as resistant or retardant to fire or flame, don’t buy it.
Don’t Use Decorative Contact Lenses
We get it—fake contact lenses can add a touch of cool and/or creepy to any costume, but they do nothing to enhance Halloween safety and could actually pose a health risk. Ask yourself: Are those cat’s-eye contacts worth damaging your eyesight for? That’s a real possibility if you use over-the-counter decorative lenses not approved by a doctor.
Choose Costumes and Accessories that Stand Out in the Dark
Choose lighter-colored costumes and accessories made of reflective materials, and stick reflective tape on costumes and accessories. Carrying glow sticks or flashlights is another way to make trick-or-treaters more visible, greatly increasing Halloween safety. If your kids own a pair of shoes that light up, consider using them.
Use Face Paint Instead of Masks
Halloween masks can make it hard to see and even to breath, making them a poor choice in regards to Halloween safety. Consider using face paint instead, but choose varieties with safe ingredients that your kids aren’t allergic to.
Wear Sensible Shoes with Costumes that Don’t Fall Below the Ankles
Even if a costume looks better with high-heels or awkward footwear, choose function and comfort over style; you don’t want kids tripping over their own feet as they trick-or-treat. And be careful of costumes that fall below the ankles, as this can also create a tripping hazard.
Trick-or-Treat with an Adult and Go in a Group
An adult should accompany any child young enough to trick-or-treat, but it’s especially important for kids ages 12 and under. It’s also a good idea to trick-or-treat in a group—the more, the safer.
Cross at Street Corners, Using Traffic Signals and Crosswalks
Jaywalking is a bad idea any time, but while trick-or-treating, it’s especially important to cross at a corner and in a crosswalk—but only after getting a green light from the traffic signal.
Put Down Your Phone! (But Know How to Dial 911)
Emergencies can happen anytime, so we recommend carrying a phone while trick-or-treating and making sure at least one kid in your group knows how to make 911 calls. Be careful not to let your phone become a distraction. Try not to use it unless necessary, and always pay attention to your surroundings!