Don't be spooked by the thought of your kids trick-or-treating alone this year. Here are some tips to keep them safe.
Choose Costumes Wisely
“Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year,” Holtzman says. Crossing the street carefully can help prevent car accidents—but costumes matter too. Kids should wear reflective tape on their costumes, and costumes should allow for 100-percent visibility.
Consider face-paint instead of masks, Holtzman suggests, because it ensures they can see and won’t restrict breathing. Costumes should also be flame resistant, and short enough that kids won’t trip or fall.
Remember–Halloween is Fun
Halloween is and should remain a fun and festive holiday—as long as a few safety rules are in place. In general, Hughes says, kids should stay aware of their surroundings and avoid engaging with strangers. This will help everyone have more fun—even parents, who won’t have to worry while their kids trick-or-treat.