Anytime a child has an accident,
it's tragic. The last thing that you want to happen is for your child to be hurt on a
holiday, it would forever live in the minds of the child and the family.
There are many ways to keep your child safe
at Halloween, when they are more prone to accidents and injuries. The excitement of
children and adults at this time of year sometimes makes them forget to be careful. Simple
common sense can do a lot to stop any tragedies from happening.
Help your child pick
out or make a costume that will be safe. Make sure that
it is fire proof and that the eye holes are large
enough for good peripheral vision.
If you set
jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of
the way so that kids costumes couldn't accidentally be set on fire.
Make sure that if
your child is carrying a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife or a pitchfork, that the tips
are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.
Kids always want to
help with the pumpkin carving. Small children shouldn't be allowed to use a sharp knife to cut
the top or the face. There are many kits available that come with tiny saws that work better
then knives and are safer, although you can be cut by them as well. It's best to let the kids
clean out the pumpkin and draw a face on it, which you can carve for them.
Treating your kids
to a spooky Halloween dinner will make them less likely to eat the candy they collect before
you have a chance to check it for them.
Tips For Adult Safety
Parents of trick-or-treating kids
can get so caught up in the fun that they might forget some simple safety ideas that could
save everyone some trouble.
Below are just a few common
sense tips that can help.
Know the route your
kids will be taking if you aren't going with them.
The best bet is to
make sure that an adult is going with them. If you can't take them, see if another parent
or a teen aged sibling can go along.
Know what other
activities a child may be attending, such as parties, school or
shopping mall functions.
Make sure you set a
time that they should be home. Make sure they know how important it is for them to be home
Explain to children
the difference between tricks and vandalism. Throwing eggs at a house may seem like fun
but they need to know the other side of the coin as well, clean up and damages can ruin
Halloween. If they are caught vandalizing, make them clean up the mess they've made.