7 Bright Ideas for Trick or Treating Safety

October 20, 2013
by Michael Barber
7 Bright Ideas for Trick or Treating Safety

Jack-o-lanterns and trick or treating go together every Halloween but parents and kids also need to pay attention to safety. Here are seven sound tips to keep costumes bright as well as ways to keep the entire evening well-lit.

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Travel with Flashlights

Light the sidewalks, driveways, and streets by carrying flashlights. With so many varieties including the smaller mag lights to Halloween-themed flashlights, you and your children will remain safer. Make sure the flashlights you are using have new batteries so they don't stop working. A child with a flashlight can easily see curbs, uneven sidewalks and other trip and fall dangers. These can cause cuts, scrapes, and bruises. If your child is harmed, find a walk-in clinic with family care doctors to receive medical care.

Make Costumes More Visible

Vehicles running into pedestrians, is always an issue on Halloween night. Many drivers simply can't see children in the dark of night. Make sure these accidents don't happen by making costumes more visible. Ways to do this include:

  • Reflective Tape – Add this to costumes, shoes and trick or treat bags
  • Reflectors – Secure these to costumes on the front and back so drivers can easily see children
  • Glow-in-the Dark Paint – Buy some paint that will glow in the dark and paint it directly on costumes

By making trick or treaters more visible, accidents are less likely. If your child does get injured, seek out an urgent care center to get immediate medical attention.

Create an LED-Lit Candy Bag

Make your own LED-lit trick or treat bag. Christmas twinkle lights powered by a portable battery are all you need to keep plastic or cloth candy bags glowing brightly.

Trick or Treat with Flameless Candles

Flameless candles that are battery powered are more popular than ever these days. If you have some, offer them to your children before they head out the door on Halloween night. The slim taper candles are best for smaller hands to hold. Again, a well-lit path can prevent tripping or falls that could injure your trick or treater.

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Instruct Kids to Visit Well-Lit Houses

Houses that are dark with no porch lights on or no Halloween decorations should be avoided. This usually means the occupants are not home or they don't celebrate the holiday. Approaching dark driveways and homes can be a danger to kids. Kids may trip or fall on unseen objects and if they proceed to knock on these doors, or they may get yelled at by angry homeowners. Keep in mind that dark homes may also pose stranger danger to kids so warn them to steer clear of them.

Create Colorful, Bright Costumes

Think neon colors when choosing a costume with your child. Lead them towards neon yellows, oranges, and greens. These colors are easier to see at night keeping them safe as they go from house to house.

Talk to Kids About Halloween Safety

If you child is heading out with a group (there is always safety in numbers) and you are staying home to pass out treats, it's a good idea to talk with them before they head out. Tell them about the importance of keeping flashlights and battery-powered lights on so drivers and others can see them clearly. Instruct them to be careful when crossing the streets and to look both ways. Above all, tell them to walk, not run from house to house and never head away from the crowd.

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Every parent wants Halloween to be fun and safe for their child. Before Halloween night, it's always a good idea to perform an Internet search on "urgent care locations near me" so you'll be prepared if accidents occur.