With Halloween right around the corner, everyone is thinking about safe and easy ways to celebrate. As one of the only nights a year where most families are out of the house and kids are wearing costumes instead of the normal t-shirt and jeans, many parents can become concerned about their child’s safety. Here are some tips from the safety experts at Amber Alert GPS that can help parents stay stress free and have fun this All Hallows Eve.
Light the way
Make sure you child’s costume is a light color, or if it isn’t have them carry a flashlight or glow stick to help them safely stand-out. If you are looking to be creative, incorporate light into your child’s costume with light up jewelry or reflective tape around an accessory (like fairy wings, belts or even your child’s candy bucket).
Make sure to remove any candy that isn’t packaged or may present a choking hazard (such as peanuts or small hard candy). To save yourself time sifting through candy when you first get home and children want to immediately dig into their sugar stash, bring along a second bag to deposit “safe” candy – treats from houses of people that you know well.
Pick and stick to your route
For smaller kids, have a plan in place before you leave the house. Make a fun map together of houses of family and friends, marking off each house you visit throughout the evening; For families that may be split up for the night, stay together in groups, make sure to set up a meeting place before you start trick-or-treating and ensure you have your cell phone and it is fully charged. If your child is a tween or teen and would rather go out with friends, make use of a child tracking device or app, such as Amber Alert GPS, for easy check-in throughout the night.
Safe ghoulish getups
Making sure costumes are flame-retardant and not too long or oversized is essential to keeping your child safe while trick-or-treating – but also don’t forget about your child’s costume accessories. Make sure any wands, swords or sticks are not too long or inflexible, as they could cause injury should your child trip or fall. Make sure any costumes with masks still allow your child to see easily.
With lots of people out and about on October 31st, ensuring you stay safe while outdoors is especially important. Make sure you and your group stays on sidewalks, walks facing traffic and avoid the road, as car traffic can be heavy during Halloween. Only cross the street at designated crosswalks and always make sure to look both ways – some car engines are quiet and may appear before you hear them on the road.
Keeping Halloween safe as well as fun is key to having a great holiday and ensuring you create memories with your family and friends that will last a lifetime!
About Amber Alert GPS
Award winning Amber Alert GPS, Inc. is a Utah based provider of mobile tracking and safety solutions for children and families. The company’s founder, Russ Thornton, was motivated to develop the Amber Alert GPS device after a harrowing incident when he lost his young son for 45 minutes at an amusement park. The experience inspired him to develop a product that would not only prevent such incidents from happening, but provide a quick resolution in the event a child did go missing. Amber Alert GPS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alert GPS Holdings, Corp. For more information, visit: www.amberalertgps.com.
I was not compensated for this post.