Halloween Helpful HintsHalloween is a fun time for children–and adults, too! Costumes, trick-or-treating, and, of course, lots of candy. But these safety tips should be kept in mind before the vampires and superheroes begin their trek:
- Costumes should be short enough so that your child doesn't trip on it, either walking, or going up and down stairs
- Costumes should have strips of reflective tape, if your child is going out at night
- Comfortable shoes are a must for trick-or-treating
- Flashlights will help your child navigate unfamiliar home entries at night
- Costumes should be made of flame-retardant materials
- So that vision isn't obscured, face paint is a better alternative to a plastic face mask
- Know the area in which your child will be trick-or-treating
- Elementary age children should be accompanied by an adult, or a trusted teenager
- Children should only approach homes that are lit up, and welcoming
- Children should not enter a home unless the residents are well-known to them; instruct your child never to enter a stranger's home
- Remind your child to walk on the sidewalk, not in the street
- All treats should be brought home and checked by an adult before eating
Halloween is an imaginative and memorable holiday. Make it a safe one, too!
About this column:West Caldwell Police Officer Paul Mazzeo is a D.A.R.E. officer for the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District and resource officer at James Caldwell High School.