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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Tips for Having a Safe and Happy Halloween

For kids, Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year. Who doesn’t love eating candy, playing dress up, and hanging out with friends and family on a brisk, Autumn afternoon?


But as always at PlaygroundEquipment.com, safety comes first -- on the playground and during the holidays. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our best tips for keeping your Halloween safe, relaxed, and drama free. Because the only scary thing about trick-or-treating should be the costumes!


Plan Your Route in Advance


Leave little to chance by tracking your course ahead of time. When planning your walk, consult online resources that profile an area’s crime rates and browse “offender” lists. Consider visiting neighborhoods where you have family and friends, and focus on walking routes that are well lit with good visibility. (i.e., avoid houses that are tucked away off the road, or places with poorly-lit porches.)


If your kids are older and venturing out on their own, rehearse their route with them beforehand. Ask them to repeat it back to you if necessary. And arm them with as many resources as possible, including maps, phones, and flashlights.


If children are planning to stay close to home, and you’re friendly with your neighbors, work together to organize a fun route of friendly houses. Fun activities include leaving a “clue” at each house for kids to collect. In the end, children will assemble the clues to decode a hidden message or win a special prize.


Have an Allergy? Look for Teal Pumpkins


These cheerful, gem-toned pumpkins mean the house is allergy friendly. If any of your kiddos with allergies need extra incentive to hold off on candy until the very end after a parent has inspected the stash, promise a small prize in exchange for their good behavior and patience.

Be Mindful of Packaging


Only allow children to eat pre-packaged snacks. And make sure to check kids’ bag of loot before they dig in. That way, you can inspect the candy for tears and throw out things that might be compromised.


Sure, that apple or orange might seem like a healthy alternative, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Have fruit and other grocery-bought fresh snacks handy; throw them in a decorative bowl on the kitchen table. And feel free to compost the fruit from strangers.


Be Prepared and Pack the Essentials


Before kids go out, designate a parent to bring the safety gear. An accompanying adult should pack a kit of essentials in a backpack, purse, or jack-o-lantern sack. (Pro tip: your safety pack can be decorated to coordinate with your costume.) Remember to bring flashlights, plenty of water, and a first-aid kit. If anyone in your group has a severe allergy or asthma, include inhalers and EpiPens, too. And finally, since you’ll want to inspect most of the candy before kids eat it, feel free to bring some sweet treats of your own to tide them over.


Adjust Costumes for Safety


Add reflective tape to costumes, trick-or-treat bags, and wagons. And watch out for unruly accessories. For example, if a wand, sword, cane, or staff is part of your kid’s costume, make sure that it’s not too long or pointed on the end. A child could get hurt if they trip or fall, or accidentally hurt somebody else. And as always, be wary of anything with a drawstring. It is all too easy for it to catch on something and pose a hazard.


Use the Buddy System


Cross the street as a group. And make sure everyone in the group is accounted for before leaving for another neighborhood. If there is an even number of children in your group, assign each person a trick-or-treating partner. If there’s an uneven number, create a group of three. Do a head count every so often to make sure nobody gets left behind.


Go Out Before Sunset


Pick a window of time when it’s still light out. It’s a lot easier to keep track of your tiny ghouls and goblins when you can do a quick visual headcount. Block out an hour or two to trick-or-treat, and then head back home to enjoy your spoils!


What are your best Halloween safety tips?


We want to hear from you. What works for your family? Leave your ideas in the comments!


Written by: Parker Jones

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