It’s almost that time of year. Ghosts and goblins, zombies and clowns will be taking to the street in search of the best treats in the neighborhood. Halloween is quickly taking over as the most popular holiday of the year for both children and adults. If your little one will be taking part in any festivities, either at school, home or in the neighborhood, now is a great time to talk with them about safety.
As you get your little ones ready for the spooky night ahead, here are some things to do and talk about.
1. Plan a Route
Make sure that you know where your kids will be going if you won’t be walking with them. Older kids are sometimes permitted to trick-or-treat on their own, but you want to know where they are. Plan a route ahead of time and make sure your child knows they must stick to it.
2. Costume Choice
There are hundreds of available costumes on the market. When helping your little one pick a costume, make sure it is flame-resistant. Beyond that, make sure that your child is able to see and be seen. Attach glow sticks to the costume or have your child carry a flashlight.
When your child is visiting homes in search of the big haul, let them know that it is okay to accept treats at the door, but to never go inside someone’s house. If a neighbor is hosting a haunted house, be sure to accompany your child.
4. Beware of Dogs
Halloween isn’t only for humans. Many people dress up their pets and take them along for the fun. Teach your child to be respectful of any dogs they see on the sidewalk or street. Expect your child to be more tempted than usual to pet a dog when it is wearing a cute costume. Teach your child to always ask permission before stroking a stranger’s pet.
5. Your Own Home
Before you welcome any little ghouls onto your property, get it ready. Sweep debris from your walk and steps, clear your porch of any trip and fall hazards and install extra lighting to ensure people’s ability to see where they are going. If you are pulling in or out of your driveway, look an extra time or two. Children will be excited and may not be paying attention to moving vehicles.
Halloween is a fun holiday, but it can also prove hazardous. Take the time now to explain the expectations to your little ones and use the coming weeks to remind them of your discussion.
If your child is injured in an accident on Halloween in Charlotte, you may have the legal right to file a personal injury lawsuit. Reach out to our office and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. We will review the details of the accident and advise you of your legal rights.