As little ghouls and goblins prepare for the big night, it is important to make sure safety is the top priority. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, the risk of being hit by a car is higher on Halloween than on any other day of the year. To ensure this doesn’t happen to you or your little loved ones, follow these tips to prepare for the candy collecting of Halloween night.
- Walk on sidewalks if possible. While not all neighborhoods have sidewalks, there could be paths on the sides of the street, so check your route in daylight before you head out for the night.
- Walk on lit streets between homes. Don’t cut across lawns or streets.
- Cross the street at crosswalks only and check both ways before crossing. Be sure to understand that cars don’t always stop, and the driver may not be paying attention to the road.
- Decorate your costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers. This will make you more visible to drivers, as the tape reflects in bright headlights.
- Considering carrying glow sticks or flashlights so motorists can see children better. Glowsticks can also be a fun addition to any costume!
- Don’t eat any treats with opened packaging, or that are homemade by an adult you do not know. Children with allergies should be aware of all ingredients before consuming a treat they got on Halloween night.
- If driving, slow down and be extra alert in residential neighborhoods.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Get rid of any distractions in your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Make sure your headlights are on but don’t shine them directly in the eyes of children walking if possible.
- If accompanying young children, plan a safe route before you go out, preferably in the daylight so you know the roads and sidewalks.
- Be safe with your children’s costumes.
- Consider the material the costume is made of, and if it is fireproof. If you are making your own costume, use nylon or polyester materials, which are flameproof.
- Make sure wigs don’t cover eyes.
- Masks can make it difficult for kids to breathe or see, so consider using makeup or face paint instead.
- Choose a lighter-colored costume so it is easy to see at night.
Overall, Halloween is a holiday full of exciting costumes, delicious candy, and family fun for the whole night! Keep you and your loved ones safe this year, because we care about the health and wellbeing of kids too at the YMCA of Cincinnati. Check out our childcare and enrichment programs to ensure a fun and exciting holiday season for the whole family.