Ghosts, goblins and ghouls oh my! The holiday is just a few short weeks away, and we thought it might be important to cover some safety tips (especially with all these crazy clowns running around)! While Halloween is an absolute blast for the kids, you always hear parents saying “be careful.” Because let’s face it, it’s dangerous out there! Here are our best safety tips for this year’s night out.
Do trick or treating right.
Especially for younger children, parents should always accompany the group. If your kids are a little older and they are going by themselves, schedule a time they should meet back at the house, and review their route before they go. Make sure the group has a flashlight, a cell phone, and have the kids enter only the houses that have a lit porch. As far as the actual route, make sure the kids are staying on the sidewalks and out of the streets, only cross at crosswalks, and don’t assume you have the right of way.
Keep it (somewhat) healthy.
Easier said than done right? We all know the kids can’t help but dive into their bag of treats! To prevent a sugar overload, have them eat a full meal before they leave, so they’ll be discouraged from gorging themselves later. Before the kids sort our their candy, make sure you’re the first one to do it. If anything looks tampered with, open, spoiled or suspicious, throw it away. In order to help them ration out their treats, tell them they can sort out two pieces of candy to eat each day, and put them in ziploc bags for the week.
Dress for success.
Costumes are more important than you think when it comes to safety! If possible, try to snatch up a costume that has reflective lights, and that their shoes fit well to avoid tripping. Hats, masks, etc. should also fit properly, and if you can’t find one that does, consider trying makeup instead! All sort of weapons (swords, light sabers, etc) should be foamy material, and wigs or costumes in general should be flame resistant.
And there you have it! We hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween. We’d love to see what kinds of costumes you guys have come up with. Wear your costumes to the rink, snap a picture, and tag us on Facebook or Twitter for a shout out!
As always, Skate World Lakeland is the most fun, clean and safe environment to spend your Halloween weekend celebration! Join us on Oct. 28th for our Costume Contest, and you could win a pair of roller skates!