There are few days as fun or as highly anticipated for kids as Halloween. For parents, the day is one of mixed emotions. While they love to see their kids have the fun that's typical of Halloween, there are also safety concerns surrounding the holiday.
While it might not entirely stop parental worrying until the kids come back home with their bounty of sweets, the following safety tips should help parents get the most fun out of Halloween.
Have chaperones when possible
Though Halloween lands on a Saturday this year, some families may still find it hard to be able to trick-or-treat together. If a parent or relative is unable to you tag along, ask a family friend or arrange for a babysitter to accompany your child.
Remind kids about strangers
Even older trick-or-treaters might let their guard down on Halloween. Kids will be ringing doorbells at homes where they don't know the residents, so parents should go over the basics, such as not entering the homes or vehicles of any people the kids and their parents don't both know, before kids head out to get their candy.
Don't light jack-o-lanterns
While it might seem to go against Halloween tradition, a lit jack-o-lantern is a big safety hazard. Kids often crowd onto porches in bunches when trick-or-treating, and that increases the chance a costume could catch fire. If you must light a jack-o-lantern, light it with a light bulb that can be plugged in. That way there are no flames and if a pumpkin is kicked over the plug will likely be pulled out of the outlet in the process.
Halloween can be a fun time of year for kids and adults, and by taking extra precautions it can be a safe one, too. More tips can be found inside this week's edition in the Red Cross Corner!