14+ Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Kids

Safety should be your primary concern every Halloween. It is amazing to have a fun holiday everyone loves, dress up, go trick or treating, celebrate with friends and family. Having the kids get into the spirit and enjoy the holiday as well. Focusing on safety while out trick or treating, visiting different events, and celebrating, here are some great tips.

Trick or Treating

COVID-19 and Health Safety

  • Stay home if sick
  • Trick-or-treat with people you live with
  • Remain at least 6 feet apart from people not in your household
  • Wear a face mask covering BOTH your mouth and nose
  • Bring and use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol
  • Wash your hands as soon as you return home
  • Do not hand out candy if you are sick
  • Use duct tape to mark 6-foot lines in the front of your home and leading to your driveway/front door

Walk Safety

  • Cross streets at corners, crosswalks, and using traffic signals
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them
  • Wear or add to Halloween costume reflective clothing or tape.
  • Carry a flashlight so seen in the dark

Costumes

  • Use face paint or makeup whenever possible instead of masks that obstruct vision
  • Select a costume that fits well to prevent trips and falls

2020, understandably, has been a disappointing year for everyone as holidays and events have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. Trick or treating has a lower transmission risk due to being outside but there is still a risk. Being outside does not eliminate all risk. Having children go door-to-door creates the higher risk. Changing trick or treating to eliminate the door-to-door interaction may be a better fit in your neighborhood for safety reasons.

How can you adapt the traditional trick or treating methods this year?

  • Place candy at your door for trick or treaters to grab at their own leisure. No need to ring the doorbell and see each face to face.
  • Find ways to celebrate with your kids as a family without trick or treating.
    • This can include watch Halloween movies, bake Halloween treats together, create a Halloween candy scavenger hunt in your own yard.

Be safe and have a wonderful Halloween.

Sarah

 

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