Taking your little ones out to show off their costume and snag some treats? Here are some tricks to help the entire family stay safe.
1. Be visible.
Given the increased amount of little ghouls and goblins walking the street each Halloween night, it’s no surprise that this holiday is among the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Increase your trick-or-treaters’ visibility with bright costumes, reflective tape, and a flashlight.
2. Rid costumes of dangling strings, fabric, etc.
Spooky yard décor is one of the most fun parts of Halloween but since it so frequently involves candles and jack-o-lanterns, it can also be a safety risk. Make sure your child’s costume is just above floor length and instruct them to be cautious of candles when walking up a lighted path.
3. Trust your gut.
This year-round safety rule is just as pertinent on Halloween as it is any other day of the year. Steer clear of people, places and homes that give you the creeps.
4. Bring a personal safety tool (adults/guardians 18+).
In case you do encounter someone that makes you uncomfortable, it’s important to have a pepper gel on hand. Pepper gel is ideal for outdoor use, as it reduces wind blowback with no airborne particles. It only affects the target/what it directly contacts, meaning you can have peace of mind using it near your trick-or-treaters. Key chain pepper gel provides protection against multiple threats with 25 bursts (up to 5x other brands). It also offers protection at a safe distance, boasting a 12-foot (4m) range, helping you avoid going hands-on with an attacker.
5. Inspect all candy received.
Before the kids dig in, evaluate their candy to help make sure it’s safe. Anything homemade, unsealed, ripped or otherwise questionable should be thrown away immediately. If you find a serious safety problem – such as a razor or needle – with anything your child received on Halloween, report it to the police and warn others in your area. Have a safe and treat-filled Halloween!