With a chill in the air and the promise of tricks and treats, families take to the streets and enjoy the annual tradition of Halloween. It is a time for fun, and it is also a time for safety. Our team at MSCI has put together a few tips to make sure that you and your family have a safe and healthy Halloween.
- Discard any unwrapped candy
Despite the media frenzy every year, there are very few cases of people ever tampering with candy. However, it is always safe to discard any unwrapped pieces of candy or anything that looks like it has been tampered with. Go through your child’s candy at the end of the night. It is always better to be safe than sorry!
- Go trick or treating before dark
More accidents occur at nighttime than during the daytime. Trick or treating at night can be dangerous. While most people understand to be on the lookout for children in the street, it is always best to not take the risk. Trick or treating in the evening while it is still light out is the safest time. If you find yourself out at night and still going door to door, be sure you stick to sidewalks when possible.
- Wear reflectors or reflective tape if going out at night
If you want to trick or treat at night, get some reflectors or reflective tape. Both of these can stick easily to costumes and should be put on the back of your child’s outfit. Perfect for poorly lighted streets, reflective tape and reflectors catch the light from cars and better alert drivers to pedestrians.
- Go with your child
Younger children will most certainly want you to come along. Older children can still benefit from parental supervision. If they are not keen on the idea of you escorting them from door to door, you can always compromise by walking with them and staying on the sidewalk as your child knocks on the door. From that vantage point, you can still keep an eye on your child and keep them safe.
- Don’t dress as a clown (this year)
Because media reports about creepy clowns appearing across the country have unnerved quite a few people, we would recommend not dressing up as a clown this year for Halloween. There have been a few reports of violence against people in clown costumes, and while these dressed-up individuals were probably intending to scare others, it is still not a bad idea to skip even cute clown costumes for your children this year.
From the entire team at MSCI, we hope that you and your family have a safe and healthy Halloween!