Keeping Your Children Safe on Halloween Night
Halloween is an exciting time for all children—whether they’re sugar-crazed school age kids, toddlers exploring the new concepts of trick-or-treat, or a baby dressed as an adorable lion, adventurously peeping out of his stroller at the many ghouls, goblins, and vampires running about. The celebrations and quests for candy, however, present a wide range of dangers and risks that no parent wants to face—especially when it comes to the safety of their children. There are certain factors a parent must take into consideration when preparing for the famous trick-or-treat, that will keep children safe and parents happy.
Travel in Groups
It can be difficult, with all the hustle and bustle of adult schedules, to arrange for more than one adult to trick-or-treat with the kids. It is rather imperative, however, to make sure there is more than one adult when perusing the streets of the neighborhood—particularly if you are with more than one child. There should always be one adult available to walk up to the door, and one to stay with strollers, or toddlers that may tire of all the walking. There should be eyes on every child, and the availability to run off after any child that decides to run in the street, or (heaven forbid) gets taken away by a stranger. Organize with other parents group trick-or-treating to increase the security of all children, and always be attentive.
Dress for the Weather
Before purchasing that Tinkerbell costume for your daughter this Halloween, make sure to consider what the weather may be like when trick-or-treat time rolls around. For those in warmer climates, lighter fabrics and exposed legs may not be an issue. It can be a real problem, however, when you live in an area with mixed seasonal temperatures. Be sure to dress your child with warmer costumes—or warmer clothing under costumes—to avoid issues such as hypothermia. Smaller children and babies can get hypothermia relatively easy because they have very little body fat. In the same vein, if you live in a climate that tends to be relatively hot at this time don’t dress children too heavily, and be sure that they drink sufficient water to not suffer from dehydration during your neighborhood walk.
Don’t Forget the Buddy System
Along with more adults being available for supervision, it is important to keep groups close—as children that run off could be in danger of getting hit by cars, and parents that abandon other children to run after the child could leave others in danger. Avoid this situation by enforcing the buddy system—having each child hand-in-hand with either another child, or an adult if there is one available. This link will prevent more run-offs, you just have to make sure a pair of children doesn’t run off, either! Remember that one adult (assuming they are not pushing a stroller) can hold two child hands, as well!
Keeping Halloween safe just takes a bit of pre-planning and coordination, but is certainly possible. Understanding the dangers and risks present during trick-or-treating will allow you to effectively assess how to prevent these problems and avoid them entirely—so that you and your children can enjoy your celebration without a hitch!
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