Happy Halloween: Tips to Ensure a Fun & Safe Night
By Michael Miller
Halloween is a fun experience for kids of all ages. However, in the midst of the excitement, people can lose sight of the unforeseen dangers, especially children. I’d like to offer some basic guidelines to keep you safe and out of trouble with the law this Halloween.
Driving Tips – It’s imperative that drivers be extremely careful and alert all night long.
- Watch for children who may dart out in between parked cars (since many kids dress in dark clothing, they may be difficult to see)
- Look around when entering and exiting driveways and alleys
- Be aware of children walking on the streets, curbs and in the medians
- Avoid letting young and inexperienced drivers on the road
- Absolutely NO texting while driving and talking while driving should be avoided
Parent and Caregiver Tips – Children under the age of 13 years should have an adult supervising them at all times during the night.
- Children should trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods.
- Costumes should be made with light material or have something reflective on them, so that they can be seen in the dark.
- Talk with children about pedestrian safety.
- Make sure older children have a cell phone.
- Communicate with your children to never enter a stranger’s house no matter the circumstances.
- Make sure children know to stay with a group or at least one other person when they are out.
- Set a time with your children for them to return home.
Costume Tips – No matter if you are purchasing a costume or making your own, keep these tips in mind for your child’s safety:
- Make sure the material is light enough to be seen at night or has some type of reflective color on it.
- Masks can be troublesome when it comes to seeing out of them. If your child is going to wear a mask make sure the eye holes are large and the other openings for mouth, ears and nose fit properly.
- If applying makeup, make sure first that your child is not allergic. All makeup should be removed before the child goes to bed.
- All costumes and any accessory should be fire-resistant and there should not be any sharp or dangerous objects protruding out of the costume.
- Children should be able to move with ease in their costumes and not trip over anything.
Following these tips will keep real fright out of the night. For more information on what do should you find yourself on the wrong side of the law this Halloween or if you find yourself in need for any other legal assistance, please contact Michael Miller or Dustin Hightower at 404-857-2960.