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As fun as Halloween is, I think we can all agree that it can be a dangerous holiday for our kids and that’s why I’m so excited to share my halloween safety tips with you! These dangers include contaminated food/candy and allergens which is a very real issue. If you don’t already know about the Teal Pumpkin Project, please check it out here! In this post, though, I want to talk about something a bit different – Halloween safety.

Have you considered that what costume your kid wears could impact their safety? How about the fact that many kids walk around in the dark on Halloween without much light to guide them or help you see them?

Safety Concern #1 – the lack of light…

My kids are still too young to go trick-or-treating on their own. My husband and I usually walk them around and make a family activity out of it. Even still, one or both kids is bound to bolt when they see a friend or a familiar face. Our neighborhood tends to be pretty dark at night so by the end of our rounds, it’s hard to see them (even if they are only a few steps away from us). Our community also has parties in the fall at night and with a bunch of kids walking around at night, it’s hard to keep an eye on our kids.

My Halloween Safety Solution – Glow In The Dark Accessories!

During one of these parties, my neighbor had a genius idea. She handed out glow stick necklaces to each of the kids! At that moment, I knew she was on to something! Glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets are the PERFECT way to
keep your kid(s) safe and visible during trick-or-treating!

If your kids are young like mine, it will help you keep an eye on them – especially if they keep trying to run off.

If they are older and going around the neighborhood with just their friends, they will be able to see each other better and no one will get separated (or at least not easily)!

Unlike so many other good-for-you things we try to get our kids to do, they will actually want to wear these glow stick/bracelets/necklaces! What kid doesn’t love them? Mine love to chain them together and make giant multicolored necklaces. They also love to wear tons of
them at one time! (I wish I had pictures – I’ll need to update this post after Halloween to show you all!)

In any case, I love this idea and I hope you’ll give it a try! If you don’t know where to buy these, you can find them on Amazon here. You can buy a pack and hand them out to the kids in your neighborhood… you’ll be a hero!

Safety Concern #2 – The costumes…

Has your kid ever picked out a costume with an intricate mask and had trouble seeing through it? How well could they have been seeing through it in the dark?

When picking out costumes with my kids, I try to keep a few things in mind:

Can they see well? How's their peripheral vision? Will they trip on any part of the costume? (You KNOW they are going to eventually run around) Are there any choking hazards? (This could include parts of the costume that could get wrapped around them) Are there any sharp objects?

That’s not to say that I won’t get my son a costume with a cloak or a mask – but by keeping these things in mind, I can make better decisions (or guide them to make better decisions). If they have their heart set on being… say, Batman… we can pick the safest Batman costume from the 20 or so options (you know they always have tons of options for the popular ones!)

By thinking through these points, though, you can try to prevent them from bumping into things, tripping, falling, scratching themselves etc… any of the number of things that can happen when you let kids run around at night on a sugar high! Okay okay… maybe prevent is the wrong word. Reduce? (I know my kiddos will still tumble eventually, they are just those kinds of kids!)

I hope you’ll consider these two tips and

wish you and your kiddos an amazing and safe Halloween!

What is your kid dressing up as this year? If you decide to try out the glow sticks bracelets/necklaces, I’d love to hear from you and how it went!

If you’re looking for some great Halloween inspiration, please take a look at my Halloween Pintrest Board!

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