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Halloween night is an exciting time for parents. You get to spend a night dressing up your kids and take them trick-or-treating for a night of fun and magic. There are a few safety concerns though that are important to recognize before going out on Halloween.
To be the best parent you can be, read these expert-approved safety tips for Halloween night. With this advice, you can have a fun and exciting night without any health or safety risks. End the night with happy, healthy children off to bed.
Add Reflective Tape
A major safety risk on Halloween is the dark. A lot of parents choose to take their kids out in daylight, but as they get older they might want the big-kid experience. They’ll want to trick-or-treat in the dark, which can be a major concern if you are walking in the road or crossing back and forth between houses. Cars driving down these streets might not be able to see little kids wearing dark costumes.
There are several ways to easily fix this problem. One of the most popular is to use reflective tape. You can purchase this cheaply from most stores. Simply add it to your childs costume, bike, wagon, or hat so that they are more visible in a car’s headlights. The fun part is that it even adds to the costume! Your little princess will love the glowing tape as a fun addition to her crown.
Be Careful With Face Paint and Masks
Halloween is an exciting time to try out fun costumes. If your child wants to be a zombie with the makeup to go with it, or a cat with a painted on nose and whiskers, do your research before applying makeup. There are many uncomfortable reactions a child’s sensitive skin could have to these dyes and paints.
Test the makeup on a small patch of skin on their arm a few days before. If you notice any bumps, swelling, or discoloration, your child may have an allergy and should not use this paint on their face.
This can be true of masks as well. As a child sweats, the materials on the mask can cause an allergic reaction. Be sure to test out how they react to the mask before the big night so that their Halloween won’t be ruined and they have time to recover.
Masks can make it hard to see, causing your child to bump into things or fall down. Check how well they are able to see in the mask. If it obstructs their vision too much, opt for a hat or other costume piece instead. This is commonly mentioned in guides for pets and Halloween as well. While it may be fun to see your pet dressed up in a funky outfit, be sure that they can still move in it and won’t get tangled and hurt.
Plan Your Path
A major concern while trick-or-treating is where you’ll go. If you have a neighborhood to walk in, this will be easier, but regardless you should go in with a plan. Drive the route beforehand to see which streets are well lit with street lamps. Map out the sidewalks so that you can avoid having to walk in the street at night.
The Bottom Line
Halloween is one of the most fun times of year to be a mommy. You get to help your kids pick out costumes, decorate the house, and go out to collect candy for the night. But safety is always a concern, especially with allergies, darkness, and walking in the street. Be sure to follow these tips to help you have a fun, safe time on Halloween.