Halloween is approaching faster than you think. If you have children, chances are they have already begun choosing their costumes and planning their night of fun. It is never to early to start planning for a safe afternoon or evening. The better prepared you are, the more likely your children are to have a good time and you are to relax. Here are five great safety tips for one of the most fun nights of the year.
The Right Shoes
Not only should your little trick-or-treaters be wearing the right shoes, but so should you. Keep in mind that you may be walking for miles, and that not every neighborhood has well-maintained sidewalks. Wear shoes that are not only comfortable, but safe to walk in to help prevent injury.
Start Walking Now
Sure, it’s early. But if you don’t walk frequently, or your children aren’t used to walking long distances, it is essential to build your endurance. Plan the route you will take Halloween night and start building up to it now. A tired kid is a cranky kid, and a cranky kid means an impatient parent.
Shorten the Costume
There is almost nothing cuter than a little girl dressed as a witch or a tiny superhero wearing a cape, but be sure that costumes are short enough that your little ones won’t trip over. If the costume is dragging on the ground, hem it to prevent your child from taking a tumble.
Consider Face Paint
Masks have been popular for decades, but they are not altogether safe. A mask can make it difficult for your child to see and breathe. Consider using face paint instead. Non-toxic makeup will not inhibit your child’s ability to see where they are going, reducing the risk of trips and falls.
If your tiny witch will be carrying a broom or your pirate is carrying a sword, make sure the props are soft and pliable. If your child should fall, a soft prop will bend. If you can’t find a prop in the store that you think is safe, consider making one out of cardboard and painting it yourself.
Most parents know to check their children’s candy, but few stop to consider the other risks that Halloween brings with it. Follow the tips above to be sure that your child’s Halloween is injury-free and tantrum-proof.
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