As the month of October approaches many people are excited for fall and all of the activities it brings. With October incoming means Halloween is getting closer and Halloween means we prepare yet again for fun trick-or-treating activities for our youth. Halloween is supposed to be a scary holiday, but never a dangerous one. With October 31st right around the corner, we wanted to provide some tips to make trick-or-treating less stressful for parents, and more enjoyable for all!
1.) Be a Shining Star
According to many statistics, more children are struck by cars on Halloween than any other day of the year. To ensure your child’s safety add glow sticks and/or reflective tape to your child’s costume AND treat bag to make them more visible to drivers. Many of these glow sticks are bought in bulk, so if you’re willing hand out some to the neighboring children as well for their safety. Lastly, always ensure your child has a flashlight with them.
2.) Watch Out for Fido
Halloween costumes can make even the most composed dogs nervous, so to avoid a potential accident it is best to keep them inside for the duration of trick-or-treaters. It is better to be “safe than sorry” as some of the costumes can make a dog feel threatened and cause them to act unpredictably. After all of the trick-or-treating excitement wears down, make sure to spend some quality time loving on your furry friend while indulging on a piece or two of extra candy.
3.) On the Trick-or-Treat Trail
Sadly in today’s world it is just not as safe allowing children to trick-or-treat on their own. Children should always be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating, especially if they go at night. If your older children insist on going without a parent, see that they go with a group of trusted friends and stay on a route that is acceptable to you. All children should have working flashlight with them even if they are with an adult, and if your children are going with a group of friends and their parents make sure you trust all the accompanying adults.
4.) Home Sweet Home
Home safety is just as important as being safe on the roads. Your children should only approach houses that are well lit and never allow your children to enter a home or car. If you are opening up your front porch to trick-or-treaters there are steps you can take to ensure your property is safe as well. Remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over, such as garden hoses, bikes, toys and lawn decorations (that are not specific to Halloween of course!).
5.) Carving a Safe Night
Halloween should be a night of fun for all, and not constant worrying about your child’s safety. One last measure you can take to ensure the safety of the children trick-or-treating in your neighborhood is to eliminate the fire hazard from jack-o-lanterns. Most jack-o-lanterns utilize a candle to light up their spooky or silly faces, but consider exchanging the open flame candle for a flameless candle, flashlight, glowstick or anything that illuminates but is flameless. Alternatively, ensure that your child’s costume is best fitted to them for those cases where they will be walking amidst jack-o-lanterns with flames. You can’t put a price on a fun, safe night!!
As a Greenville, SC personal injury lawyer, I do not share these tips and tricks with you to make you fearful of Halloween. I believe a child’s safety also correlates to a fun holiday and want to help spread awareness of eliminating hazards associated with Halloween. With the fall season approaching and all of the holidays and celebrations it brings with it, all of us here at Jan Hinson Law, P.C. are here for your safety and well-being!