Halloween Safety Tips
Don't Let Parental Fear Ruin Halloween
Halloween is a tough holiday. The mantra of most parents used to be "Have fun!" It's been replaced by "Be careful, be safe". Children walk from house to house, knocking on strangers' doors demanding candy, while public service announcements warn about actually entering the house or getting into unknown cars. Our world has changed a child's night of silly fun and sugar fixes into one of parental fear. A balance needs to exist to allow the freedom for kids to grow and for that growth to occur in a safe environment.
Safety Tips for Halloween
Neighborhoods are no longer the safe haven that they once were. The American Academy of Pediatrics makes these common sense recommendations to allow for safe trick or treating:
My bias is always sports-related. If there is an opportunity to scout the opposition, one should take it.
Athletic uniforms have function, but costumes are a challenge. In warmer climates, fit is easy. Growing up in Canada - the end of October can be cold and windy. Those costumes had to fit over winter coats and boots. The best laid planning occasionally had to give way to the practicality of the weather. Rain, snow, and wind can lay waste to the best plans for the perfect costume. The cool costume needs to be balanced by its need for function and safety. A couple suggestions from the accident prevention experts:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/25/2017