With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to get prepared! Children love the spectacles that come with Halloween, but many fail to realize how susceptible they are to the dangers. As parents, we want our children to enjoy themselves, but it’s also our job to keep them safe. Here are some important safety tips to follow while you and your child go trick-or-treating this year!
1. Pay attention to the road
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers were more likely to occur on Halloween than on New Year’s Eve. That means that as you walk at night, you must take extra precautions. Never assume the right of way because many drivers have difficulty seeing trick-or-treaters. Also, try to use the sidewalk as much as possible and make sure you have a flashlight.
2. Plan your night ahead
Make sure you’re mindful of the weather, and plan costumes wisely. Keep in mind that there will be a lot of walking, and you want you and your child to be comfortable. Plan on where you and your child may want to go and set a curfew because staying out too late can be dangerous.
3. Travel in groups
You’re more likely to be safe with a group rather than trick-or-treating with your child alone. Consider going with your friends or neighbors if they have children, or your child’s peers. Even if your children seem mature, insist on them going trick or treating with at least 3 or 4 other people. Groups are also easier for drivers to spot on the road.
4. Home etiquette
When approaching a new house, make sure you practice proper home etiquette. When trick-or-treating, you can never be too sure if a house is open to trick-or-treaters or not. It’s best to go to a home that has a light on and seems occupied, and never enter someone’s home even if they invite you in.
5. Look at all candy before you eat it
Make sure you examine every piece before you eat it. Watch out for any sharp objects, weird marks, smells and colors. If your child has a severe peanut allergy, make sure to look at every treat they have, especially chocolates. For younger children, be wary of hard candies because they can be a choking hazard.
Halloween at Silverline Montessori:
At Silverline Montessori, we understand that Halloween is a highly anticipated holiday within our students. This year, we’re hosting our very own Trunk-or-Treat event where there will be treats and special attractions to provide a fun and safe Halloween experience. It is free to the public, and all ages are open.