Although it’s one of the most exciting times of the year for children, Halloween can also be dangerous. While the holiday is filled with fun costumes, parties, and tons of candy, there are also more people out after it gets dark than usual, making it a little more unsafe.
For example: The Mulholland Law Firm, P.C., is currently representing a client whose child was startled when someone jumped out at them on Halloween night. The child was seriously injured in the resulting fall. In an effort to prevent this from happening again, we compiled a list of ways to reduce the risk of injury this Halloween season.
Whether your kids are old enough to trick-or-treat alone, or still need a little guidance, these tips can help you keep them safe.
Know Where You’re Going
Make sure your child knows the route they’ll be taking. This helps keep them from getting lost and panicking if they don’t recognize their surroundings. It’ll also help you know where your child is during the night, especially if they’re old enough to trick-or-treat alone.
Make Sure You Can See and Be Seen
Because of the spooky nature of Halloween, many costumes involve darker colors. To make sure your child can see where they’re going, and others can see them as well, give them a flashlight to carry and attach some reflective tape to their costume.
Keep Costumes from Dragging
Long costumes are a definite tripping hazard. Even if your kid wants to go as the grim reaper this year, make sure they can walk, and run, without risk of tripping on the hem of their costume. This will prevent more trips and falls than you can imagine, especially when in a rush for candy.
Eyesight is Everything
Though a mask might be the crowning piece of your child’s Halloween costume, it can prevent them from being able to see everything going on around them. Peripheral vision is extremely important, especially at night when it can be more reliable than central vision. Consider swapping the mask for face paint this year.
Use Street Safety
Safety around cars and other motor vehicles is still applicable even on Halloween. True, the majority of people will be out walking around, but some will still need to drive to their destinations. Reminding your child to always be aware of cars, to look both ways before crossing the street, and to always stop at intersections is a great way to keep them safe.
Keep Props Short and Flexible
Reducing the size of props, regardless of the costume, is a good way to minimize risk of injury, for your child and others. Tripping and falling on something long and unyielding, or getting hit with the same type of object when joking around with a friend can cause injury. Make sure to keep props small, soft, and, of course, blunt.
Turn to Us for Help
The Mulholland Law Firm, P.C., is here for your child’s safety. If your child is injured this Halloween season, don’t hesitate to call us at 770-350-2691, or to fill out our form to schedule a free case consultation online.