Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Halloween Costumes: Important Tips for Everyone's Safety

Kids everywhere are already discussing what they will dress up as for their favorite holiday,  Halloween!  

Let's review some important safety tips so our children/ grandchildren can continue to enjoy this holiday.

Even though the end of September is quickly coming, adults and kids alike are getting into the Halloween spirit.  Everywhere you look there are dozens and dozens of costumes just trying to get your child's attention.  At the end of October every neighborhood will have dozens of Superheroes, Doctors and Nurses, Witches and Werewolves prowling about.  

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These are my grandchildren, Miss BoPeep and her Sheep!
               

The excitement of  all the Treats has most youngsters just chomping at the bit to get out on Halloween night.
  
Let's just take a minute to review some important safety tips to keep our children/grandchildren safe during their escapades.

1.  Never ever let your children go out alone and unsupervised.
-team up with some neighborhood parents  and share the role as supervisors.  There are always some big kids that will take advantage or prey on younger children that are alone.  Instead of having fun, they are robbed of their candy and may even suffer some physical injury.

2.  Make sure their costumes allow them to walk without tripping, climb stairs without "face planting" on the next step and just see where they are going.  

3.  If they have chosen to be a witch, zombie, ax murderer or some other very dark creature, make sure that somewhere on their costume there is reflective tape or better yet, a  bright flashlight that will illuminate them in the dark.

4.  Rather than masks, try using makeup to augment their costume.  If you slather them with cream before makeup application, it will be much easier to come off later.  Makeup does not hinder their ability to see what's around them.  Masks tend to slip, dip and drop and the children are more interested in keeping that mask in place, than looking at where they are going.

5.  Keep the children off the roads.  One accident is one too many.  Check your route, and see that you do one side of the road and then cross to the other side.  Cars and kids running amok are not a good combination.

6.  Don't allow any treats to be consumed until they have been checked over.  With food allergies and treats being tampered with, eating on the run is never a good idea.

7.  Have fun and take some pictures along the way!  They will make some great memories in the future.

If you are looking for a great flashlight for your children to use on Halloween night, I would suggest this one:



I  like this flashlight because it can be used at Halloween, but it can be used at other times of the year too.
It is an Amazon Choice and has three light settings.  It's a regular flashlight with a powerful beam, it's a reading light with a softer and wider light surface and (here's the reason I really like it) it has a powerful red flashing emergency light too!  That would add just another facet to any Halloween costume out there.

We have three of these in our apartment and they really work well when there is a black out!  So after Halloween, keep these flashlights in and around your home, so that if the power ever goes out, you are prepared.


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8 comments:

  1. Keeping our little trick-or-treaters safe is definitely most important! You are, of course, correct that kids should stay out of the street. Unfortunately, the way our subdivision is laid out, they have to cross a street to get to more homes. I would also add that drivers have the responsibility to watch for children and they should expect them to step out in front of them as they are scurrying around the neighborhoods.

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    1. Yes drivers are the first line of defence when keeping them aware of kids Halloween night. With all the other distractions it helps to make kids also aware and visible. One accident is one too many!

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  2. Good advice for little trick or treaters on Halloween.

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    1. Thank you Miss Elf, I can't imagine some of the sadness that comes on a night meant for fun and joy. One accident can ruin a great holiday, so I prefer to try my best to keep all the little ones safe with some good practices.

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  3. Great suggestions for keeping trick-or-treaters safe during Halloween, Olivia!

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    1. Thanks Margaret, share it with anyone who has little ones! I would love to have a Halloween where there are not accidents and all children had a really great evening of trick and treating.

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  4. Excellent tips. One of the things I learned the hard way when the kids were little was to bring juice boxes. The little runts would do so much running around that they would be immediately thirsty after the first street.

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  5. Great tips and reminders. Every year I see children, alone, and in dark costumes, racing across streets. It scares me to death. Thank you for these important reminders.

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