7 Halloween Safety Tips

Fall is one of the most magical times of the year. Leaf-peeping, apple-picking, and who could forget the one night of the year you let your precious one’s pig out on all the candy their little tummies can fit. But as a parent, trick-or-treating isn’t all about sweets and scares, it’s about balancing fun with safety. And if it’s your little ones first Halloween since quarantine (or ever!), there’s even more to keep in mind. Here are seven Halloween safety tips to keep everyone safe and happy while you’re out collecting candy–and memories. 

1. Keep your children warm.

Layers, layers, layers! If you’re living in a colder climate, October can get chilly. Although your children might argue that their winter coat doesn’t match their fairy dress, they’ll thank you later when they’re still toasty after the sun goes down. Try to steer your kids towards costumes with long sleeves, or dress them with tight-fitting, long-sleeved shirts underneath their festive ensemble. 

2. Add a face mask to your little monsters' costumes.

If you’ve still got public health on the brain, you’re not alone. We’ve been quarantining, testing, masking, and inoculating for almost two years now. Keep your distance from other trick-or-treaters and add matching masks to your kiddo’s costumes for an added precaution. 

3. Remind your kiddos of the rules.

Once they’re all hyped up on sugar and excitement, your cherubs might need a little reminding of the rules for the night. Before you head out for a little hocus pocus, emphasize things like how far down the block you’ll be walking, what time you’re going home, and whose hand they should be holding. Giving your little ones directions upfront will make the night a little bit smoother for all. 

4. Shine a light on your little ones.

Bring flashlights, glowsticks, or add glow-in-the-dark elements to your children’s costumes. It’s always easier to keep an eye on them when you can see everything. 

5. Bring emergency supplies.

There’s no telling what might happen when you’re out trick or treating – it is a night of mischief, after all! Embrace your inner Mary Poppins and keep a bag full of all the things you might need: safety pins for broken costumes, extra layers in case it gets cold, or even a compact stroller so that when your little adventurer inevitably decides they’ve walked enough, you can let them rest their little goblin feet while you push them in their favorite ride. 

6. Don't forget to check the candy.

We’ve all heard the stories of random objects making their way into kids’ candy bags. Whether you’re being extra safe, or your mini me has an allergy or two, checking their candy before you let them devour it will give you the peace of mind you need. 

7. Stay home sweet haunted home,

There are still so many unknowns running around that if you’re uncomfortable sending your little ones out trick-or-treating this year, that’s okay too. You can still have a fun Halloween night from the comfort of your own home – get everyone dressed up in costumes for fun home activities like fall-themed coloring pages (remember Hallows Eve?) pumpkin carving, or Halloween movie marathon. 

However you celebrate the spookiest night of the year, follow these tips to keep your future doctors, rockstars, and pilots happy and safe. 

7 Halloween Safety Tips

Fall is one of the most magical times of the year. Leaf-peeping, apple-picking, and who could forget the one night of the year you let your precious one’s pig out on all the candy their little tummies can fit. But as a parent, trick-or-treating isn’t all about sweets and scares, it’s about balancing fun with safety. And if it’s your little ones first Halloween since quarantine (or ever!), there’s even more to keep in mind. Here are seven Halloween safety tips to keep everyone safe and happy while you’re out collecting candy–and memories. 

1. Keep your children warm.

Layers, layers, layers! If you’re living in a colder climate, October can get chilly. Although your children might argue that their winter coat doesn’t match their fairy dress, they’ll thank you later when they’re still toasty after the sun goes down. Try to steer your kids towards costumes with long sleeves, or dress them with tight-fitting, long-sleeved shirts underneath their festive ensemble. 

2. Add a face mask to your little monsters' costumes.

If you’ve still got public health on the brain, you’re not alone. We’ve been quarantining, testing, masking, and inoculating for almost two years now. Keep your distance from other trick-or-treaters and add matching masks to your kiddo’s costumes for an added precaution. 

3. Remind your kiddos of the rules.

Once they’re all hyped up on sugar and excitement, your cherubs might need a little reminding of the rules for the night. Before you head out for a little hocus pocus, emphasize things like how far down the block you’ll be walking, what time you’re going home, and whose hand they should be holding. Giving your little ones directions upfront will make the night a little bit smoother for all. 

4. Shine a light on your little ones.

Bring flashlights, glowsticks, or add glow-in-the-dark elements to your children’s costumes. It’s always easier to keep an eye on them when you can see everything. 

5. Bring emergency supplies.

There’s no telling what might happen when you’re out trick or treating – it is a night of mischief, after all! Embrace your inner Mary Poppins and keep a bag full of all the things you might need: safety pins for broken costumes, extra layers in case it gets cold, or even a compact stroller so that when your little adventurer inevitably decides they’ve walked enough, you can let them rest their little goblin feet while you push them in their favorite ride. 

6. Don't forget to check the candy.

We’ve all heard the stories of random objects making their way into kids’ candy bags. Whether you’re being extra safe, or your mini me has an allergy or two, checking their candy before you let them devour it will give you the peace of mind you need. 

7. Stay home sweet haunted home,

There are still so many unknowns running around that if you’re uncomfortable sending your little ones out trick-or-treating this year, that’s okay too. You can still have a fun Halloween night from the comfort of your own home – get everyone dressed up in costumes for fun home activities like fall-themed coloring pages (remember Hallows Eve?) pumpkin carving, or Halloween movie marathon. 

However you celebrate the spookiest night of the year, follow these tips to keep your future doctors, rockstars, and pilots happy and safe. 

7 Halloween Safety Tips

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