With Halloween just around the corner, no doubt your family is getting ready for the holiday. If you have kids old enough to understand the festivities, this is an especially fun time of the year. Like anything else, however, we have to keep safety in mind. Here are some tips to stay safe while trick-or-treating this Halloween.
1. Plan your routine in advance.
If you’ll be walking along your neighborhood, make sure to plan out the route you’ll be taking in advance. If you end up too far from home, you could end up with sore legs, a cranky child, and no resort but to keep walking. Stick to the roads you’re familiar with to avoid getting lost.
2. Wear comfortable shoes.
Regardless of the footwear that goes best with your costume, you’ll want to wear comfortable walking shoes for the evening. Avoid heels, wedges, and sandals without support. Many kids’ costumes come with flaps on the bottom of the leg to disguise normal shoes.
3. Use soft props.
If your child’s costume just has to have a prop, make sure it’s made out of foam, rubber, or soft plastic. Kids inevitably get rambunctious during trick-or-treating; they’ll swing their toy swords or pitchforks at one another in excitement.
4. Avoid cumbersome masks.
A tightly fitted mask or a mask that obscures your child’s vision is just asking for a spill. Street walking is easy, but navigating curbs, walkways, and front steps can be tough if you can’t see. Opt for masks that leave plenty of room to see, or ones that can be easily pulled up or removed.
5. Bring plenty of light.
You’ll probably take your little ones trick-or-treating during the day time, but if you go at night you’ll want to bring plenty of light. Several people in your group should carry flashlights to make sure you can see where you’re walking and also to alert cars to your presence. If possible, add some reflective tape to your costumes or candy bags.
6. Only stop at well-lit home.
The light near the front door is the typical sign that a home is accepting trick-or-treaters. If you approach a home that’s dark, turn away and try the next. Some people don’t celebrate Halloween or they’re out for the evening celebrating elsewhere.
7. Mind the cars.
Just because everyone in your neighborhood is out on the street doesn’t mean it has become a pedestrian-only zone. Always look for cars as you cross. If a car is approaching, try to make eye contact with the driver so you’re sure he’s aware of you before walking in front of the car.
8. Check all the candy.
Before your kids tear into their goodies, you’ll want to check it all first. Make sure nothing looks opened, old, or not in its original wrapper. If anything looks suspicious, throw it away before your kids ever see it. Incidents of people intentionally doing something to the candy to hurt kids are rare, but you can never be too careful.
Guest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears
Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.
After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!
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