Halloween on Long Island means massive groups of children, dressed in costumes only kids really understand, collecting candy from neighbors no one talks to all through the year. Oh, and it usually happens well into the evening after darkness sets in. So, how do we keep our kids safe on Halloween? Let's explore a few Halloween safety tips for parents with young children.
Halloween Safety Tips for parents of young children
Most older kids go out on their own, and you have to trust them to make good choices whilst Trick or Treating. Little ones? Parents have the honor of bringing them door-to-door, and waving from the street as the kids knock on doors and beg for treats from neighbors you avoid 364 days of the year. Now, to keep them as safe as possible on Halloween, so you can steal their candy as they sleep.
Leave phones at home
Kids have smartphones at all ages these days. No one needs them whilst Trick-or-Treating. Ask them to leave their phones at home, and only pull yours out to snap photos, not answer texts or check out social media.
It’s alway easier to see cars coming when your head’s up, but kids think they’re invincible so it’s up to us parents to deal with the eye rolls when we insist the phones be left at home for a couple of hours.
Looking both ways before crossing the street is only PART of the process. Make sure your kids understand they need to make EYE CONTACT with a driver. It’s safer to cross after a driver ACKNOWLEDGES they see the child, and know the child is attempting to cross the street.
Glow Sticks & Costumes
Ask your kids to go with costumes that don’t have masks. Offer face paint and make-up as a replacement for a mask. It’ll cut down on vision obstructions.
Perhaps slap a little reflective tape on the backs of their costumes, and have them carry glow sticks, so drivers can easily see them walking in the streets (if sidewalk aren’t available).
A huge help: make sure costumes fit properly. Too many kids trip over and continue falling all Halloween night when their pants are too long.
Before Halloween, make sure to go over your auto insurance. Specifically comprehensive car insurance that includes vandalism. It’s Halloween. We all know things happen on Halloween, especially cars. Fun gets out of hand, and often your car is caught in the crossfire. Give Tango, Tango & Tango Agents a call at 631.543.0500 to learn what your auto insurance covers, and does NOT cover before the festivities begin.