Halloween should never be a scary experience for the children dressed up that way for the night. As homeowners we hopefully know by know to turn the porch light on, clear out any tripping hazards in the yard or sidewalk and put the pets in an area away from the chaos. We also talked with a Sioux Falls mom and a Certified Child Life Educator at Avera McKennan about Halloween safety for the kids.
Halloween is such an exciting time of year for children, especially for the Spaans family of Sioux Falls. This will be Connor's first year trick or treating and big brother Preston, who is going as Buzz Light Year is thrilled to infinity and beyond to show Woody the ropes. If you couldn't tell, they were both happy to give us a preview of their Toy Story themed costumes. Costumes there mom Emily gave great consideration to.
Emily says, "I make sure they have a little more warmth to them and softer so they can see. I don't get the ones that cover their eyes or mouth."
Avera McKennan Certified Family Life Educator Betty Barto Smith says, "Masks can be a little on the hazardous side. Usually they obstruct a child's vision especially peripheral vision. Typically face painting is preferred; you just to make sure it's non toxic. If your child insists on wearing a mask have them put it up in between houses so they can see where they are going and down at the house.
Flash lights and glow sticks are a great way for kids to be visible. Tons of kids will be running around across the streets and forget where they should be crossing. The more visible they are the better off they'll be."
Law enforcement officials discourage fake weapons that look real. Plus, for Connor and Preston's age it's best to have something soft in case they fall on it.
Betty Barto Smith says, "You also want to make sure the costumes aren't too long that they'll trip and the shoes they are wearing fit."
As for all that candy, look it over before your little goblins gobble it up to make sure it hasn't been tampered with.
Emily says, "I do look it over and usually the homemade stuff, we don't get a lot of it, but if we do it goes straight into the garbage for our family. I appreciate more when families give Halloween pencils, stickers or temporary tattoos. Last year we gave little plastic spider rings. Something besides all that candy."
Kids say, "Trick or Treat!!"
It has definitely been a treat for us to meet Preston and Connor and I look forward to seeing his cohorts Rex, Stinky Pete and Mr. Potato Head on Halloween.
Another thing you may not have thought of is to back your car into the driveway or garage. That way if you need to leave in a hurry during the trick-or-treat rush hour you won't accidentally hit a child darting out in the dark.