As children prepare for Halloween, parents need to prepare to keep their kids safe. Seattle Children's shares their spooktacular safe and helpful tips to help kids have fun.
“Across the country, there are about four times more pedestrian injuries on Halloween than any other day, and it has been reported there are twice as many pediatric deaths on Halloween, so the injuries can be very serious,” said Dr. Tony Woodward, Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Keeping your children safe on Halloween begins before they leave home. You can put reflective tape on a costume, add blinking lights or glow sticks, anything to help make your kids more visible to drivers.
“In general, we recommend, not wearing a mask. If you are going to do something with your face, try using face paint, you can get the same effect. If you do wear a mask, you want to make sure you have nice eye holes, nice holes for your ears, so you can hear and nice holes so you can breathe,” said Woodward.
Tripping accidents can happen with costumes that are too long, or shoes that are too big. And if it’s a homemade costume your child is wearing, make sure to use fire retardant material.
If you are worried about too much candy, try sending your child out the door with smaller bags. If that doesn’t work, consider this idea.
“In situations, where you are really worried about your kids having too much candy, think about a buy-back program. Look at all this candy. How can I buy that back from you? How could I do something, to give you something, for your candy? It makes the child feel valued, they get something that is valuable to them, and you keep them away from something you might not want them to get in to,” says Dr. Woodward.
If the weather is rainy or cold, try to put warm layers under your child’s costume.
And remember to make sure you own yard is safe for Trick-or-Treaters by removing obstacles that can be tripped over, turning on lights and making sure your pet is out of the way.
“When parents pay attention, supervise, and have some control over what’s going on and they make their kids feel as safe as possible, it can be an awesome time of year,” adds Dr. Woodward.