Halloween is truly a time of year that has something for everyone. Whether you’re a teenager or college aged person looking for a fun night of partying or you’re a young child looking forward to getting lots of candy and dressing up and having fun with your friends, or even if you are an older adult with small children, it is fun to take them trick or treating and see their excitement. No matter what, Halloween is just fun! But, with that fun comes a certain amount of risk. In today’s article, we’re going to give you some excellent tips for helping your child stay safe and have fun this year as they go trick or treating.
Many costumes come with certain accessories like a sword or fairy wand or broom or just about anything in between. Increase your child’s safety and visibility by purchasing an accessory that fits with the costume but also either lights up or glows on its own. You can even get creative and attach some reflective tape to an accessory if you have the time and inclination. If your child’s costume doesn’t come with an accessory, then you can add lights or glow sticks to their candy bucket or bag to help them stay visible during the dark hours of trick or treating.
To really reinforce their safety and overall visibility, you will want to make sure that your child’s costume is also visible at night. Try to add a layer of brighter fabric if possible or ensure that their shoes light up when they walk. If neither of those are possible, then adding a few strips of reflective tape to the backs of their legs, their lower back, and/or their feet will greatly help increase their visibility at night. Adding tape to areas of their body that move the most will help to ensure that the reflective tape is working in the most effective way possible.
We recommend giving your child a small flashlight to carry and play with as they trick or treat so that they can see their way up dark paths or parts of the neighborhood street that are less well lit. It’s also a good idea for the grownups to also have flashlights to help keep an eye on everything and to make sure that there are no tripping hazards in the dark.
It’s a good idea to ensure that your child’s costume is also not dragging or otherwise hindering their feet as they are walking. Make sure they have comfortable shoes that fit them well since they will be doing a lot of walking. We want to avoid tripping as much as possible!
Regarding masks, we strongly recommend using a mask that has a wide field of vision or one that does not cover the eyes. If a kid can’t see, then it’s harder for them to know where they are and for them to see possible tripping hazards as they bounce along the neighborhood street.
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Planning your family’s trick or treat run is no small feat, but with a little preparation you can be ready for anything that comes your way this year. Contact us if you or someone you know may be in need of a residential or commercial cleaning service like ours. We can’t wait to hear from you. Give us a call or email us here. Have fun and stay safe out there!