Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat yummy treats. These fun celebrations also provide a chance to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity, and focus on safety.
Below are tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for trick-or-treaters and party guests.
Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
For further reading and more tips of Halloween safety click here: http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips