Written by Lisa S., Sprout Volunteer
Combine dressing up in costumes with free candy and you create a kid-friendly holiday! Although Halloween is a favorite holiday for children it does come with its own unique dangers that all parents and caregivers should be mindful of. With a few basic safety measures, your family can have a fun and safe celebration.
Tips to read before selecting a costume for your child:
- Select a costume that won’t fall apart before the night’s festivities are over.
- Make sure the costume won’t hamper your child’s movement.
- Consider face paint as a safe alternative to masks, especially for younger children.
- If the costume is elaborate, dress your child in simple clothing underneath. This way they can easily change to play games or take a break.
- Solid color turtlenecks and sweatpants are an easy costume starter for kids.
- Don’t forget about your child’s restroom needs.
- Don’t work yourself into a frenzy. This is supposed to be fun for you and your child.
- If trick-or-treating after dusk, have kids carry a flashlight and use a glow stick necklace to wear over the costume. Reflective tape on the treat bag is also helpful
Abduction is an ugly reality but as parents we must take precautions to ensure the safety of our children. Never let a child trick-or-treat alone. Adults or older children should always be supervising. In our family we have a rule that we only visit homes with decorations, jack-o-lanterns and neighbors we know.