Tips for a Safe Halloween
As Halloween approaches, thrills and chills creep up around every corner. Both little ones and adults delight in the excitement of dressing up and getting treats. Our Halloween tips and reminders help keep everyone safe and sound this season so you can focus on fun!
Halloween Costume Safety Tips
The costumes are the best part of Halloween — well, maybe the second best part after candy. But a poorly planned costume can actually be a hazard.
- Check costumes to ensure that they’re flame retardant and that they allow for easy movement.
- Adding reflective tape, glow sticks and flashlights to the ensemble adds multiple layers of security.
- Masks can block breathing and vision — try makeup instead. Just remember to do a patch skin test with the makeup a few days before the big night to test for allergies.
The group approach is always the best way to trick-or-treat — it’s also more fun with friends!
- If the group is mainly little ones, then an adult should serve as chaperone.
- If the kids are old enough to go without an adult, make sure they follow a pre-planned route and stick to homes or neighborhoods you know.
- Stress the importance of crossing roads safely over and over again. Once those little goblins see treats across the street, the temptation to run is going to be huge.
- Trick-or-treating safety tips should be repeated every year, no matter how old your ghosts and goblins are — a refresher never hurts!
Tips for Handing Out Candy
If you’re in charge of doling out the goodies, you have a few responsibilities too.
- October is an unpredictable month when it comes to weather. No matter if it snows, freezes or if there are slippery leaves on the walkway — it’s your job to make a clear and safe path for trick-or-treaters.
- Traditionally, turning on the front light signals that you’ve got candy — so consider adding lights all the way to the door for safer passage.
- Also, be sure your family pets are safely tucked away for the evening — for their safety as well as that of your spooky guests.
- Replace all flames with electric candles for a safe, yet realistic effect.
- When it comes to treats, store bought is best.
- A teal pumpkin at your door lets others know you are handing out allergy-free treats.
- If you’re willing to try something new, go the healthy route and hand out little toys, trinkets, coloring books or crayons instead.
Halloween Travel Tips
If you have to hit the roads on Halloween — use extra caution for everyone’s safety. Children are unpredictable and their size makes them harder to see.
- When traveling through neighborhoods, use the utmost caution and drive slowly.
- Avoid distracted driving by putting your devices away so you’re not even tempted to glance at them.
- Since teens will likely be on the roads, reinforce good driving habits to help your teen drive better and be more alert than ever.
- If you’re wearing a costume that restricts your movement or view, take it off for the ride. This also goes for passengers who have costumes that block the driver’s view.
Common sense and extra caution go a long way toward creating the most spook-tacular Halloween ever! If you’d like even more protection, connect with your American Family Insurance agent to see how you’re protected by your homeowners insurance and if an umbrella policy might be might for you.