Trick-or-treating, costumes, and haunted houses - Halloween should be a fun evening for the whole family. Take a few safety precautions into account to make sure it stays that way.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), Halloween night can be one of the deadliest nights for pedestrians. Children are four times more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other night. That’s why it is so important to be sure that trick-or-treaters can be seen by cars and other pedestrians.
Reflective tape is inexpensive and can be applied to most costumes. When car headlights (or any light) shines on the tape, it gives a bright glow, and can be seen from several feet away. Many costumes already come with reflective tape attached. Fireman costumes, police costumes, and many others come with reflecting material. Be sure to look on the packaging, as most will state if costume is reflective or not. Many costumes also come with LED Lighting built in. Fairy costumes, princess costumes, and more come with lights that twinkle in the wings or skirt of the costume - another great way for children to stay well lit and safe.
Light-up candy buckets are smart options to carry as well. Many buckets come with LED Lights inside or on the handle, which gives your child an extra glow as the night gets darker.
Planning the Night
Law Enforcement all over the country agree that the safest time to trick-or-treat is between 4:30pm and 8:00pm. Children under 12 years of age should be accompanied by an adult. For those 12 and over, kids should go in groups and parents should always make a plan with their young teen of what route they are taking, where they plan to meet and set a time. There are many GPS apps for smartphones that can actually map out a route and track on your phone, so both the trick-or-treater and the parent can map out and track where they are going on their smartphones.
It can be worrying thinking about your son or daughter trick-or-treating without you. Yes, you’ve taught them the safest route home, to look both ways crossing streets, and not to talk to strangers, but some things are unpredictable. If your kids plan to venture out this Halloween around the neighborhood, pack them with a Personal Alarm with Key Ring
. This personal alarm can be easily attached to backpack or bag so it’s immediately accessible in case of danger. Personal alarms are a safety staple, safe for any age, and a great option for younger children. The SABRE Personal Alarm
is easy to activate; simply pull the metal chain and a 120dB alarm (audible up to 600 Feet, or two city blocks away) will sound to call for assistance in an emergency.
Other Safety Considerations
Halloween can also be a dangerous time for pets. The ASPCA also states to keep all candy, wrappers, and packaging away from pets. In addition to chocolate, Xylitol (an artificial sweetener found in a lot of candy) can be extremely poisonous to dogs. It's best to keep all candy and toys off the floor and out of reach for your pets.
While out and about in the neighborhood, it's smart to carry a safety product like Protector® Dog Spray
. Halloween can be overstimulating to animals, and make them act out in certain cases. We know that dog owners tend to care about all
dogs, even in the case of an attack, so you want Protector® Dog Spray
was designed to make sure you won’t leave the attacking animal with a lasting injury while protecting yourself and those around you in case of an aggressive dog.
Halloween can be one of the most fun nights of the year. Children love trick-or-treating. Take these proper safety precautions to enjoy a safer night. Happy Halloween!