Every October, we see Internet articles and news reports reminding parents
and children to observe basic
safety rules about trick-or-treating. Halloween marks the unofficial beginning of the
holiday season for many families, and neighborhoods abuzz with costumed
children (and adults) can be a lot of fun. However, there’s a legitimate
reason why we hear these same safety tips year after year: Our kids can
become unsafe otherwise. Let’s review some of these common tips
and remind ourselves why we shouldn’t ignore them.
Trick-or-treat during designated hours. Many cities and neighborhoods post specific times for trick-or-treating,
and staying within those hours means you’ll be around others doing
the same thing. There is safety in numbers.
Don’t go it alone. Again, safety in numbers. Groups of kids and families are much safer knocking
on strangers’ doors than if a child does so alone.
Always accompany your children. The presence of a parent or other responsible adult provides an excellent
deterrent against possible predators.
Stay in well-lit areas. We love to be scared at Halloween, but unlit areas can hide real dangers.
Avoid the use of Halloween masks. Halloween costumes often come with masks, but they can hinder visibility
and make it difficult for kids to breathe if not properly ventilated.
Try using creative makeup or face paint to simulate the mask, or create
a costume that doesn’t need a mask. If your child definitely needs
a mask to complete the costume, make sure it fits properly, it’s
easy to see through and it’s well-ventilated. For additional safety,
always remove the mask when crossing streets.
Inspect treats before kids eat. Kids commonly like to taste their candy as soon as they get it, but don’t
allow it. Always inspect candy and snacks before letting your kids partake.
Throw away any candy with damaged wrappers, and err on the side of caution
if you see anything else suspicious in the bag.
Practicing these safety tips will help your kids enjoy a safe and happy
Halloween with reduced risks. If you or a child has been injured in some
way due to negligence, our
Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys can advise you. Call us to learn more.