Halloween is right around the corner and toddlers everywhere are thrilled. My toddler never turns down an opportunity to dress up and eat candy, so she’s all over this. Halloween safety is always a big concern when it comes to toddlers, though.
These simple precautions can help keep your toddler safe on Halloween night, and help make sure that everyone has a great time.
Consider Safety when Choosing a Costume
It may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to safety, but your toddler’s Halloween costume can make a big difference in how safe she stays while trick-or-treating. Avoid Halloween costumes that may be difficult for your toddler to walk in. That includes awkwardly shaped costumes and costumes with fabric that drags on the ground. Dress your toddler in lighter colors so she’s easier to keep an eye on while trick-or-treating and easier for cars to spot. Make sure your toddler has clear visibility in her costume. This may require avoiding masks or altering costumes, as needed. Have your toddler wear comfortable shoes and be sure her costume is warm enough for the weather.
Practice Basic Safety Skills Before Halloween
Toddlers are new to this Halloween stuff, so it’s good to review the basics with them. Practice crossing the street and looking both ways before Halloween so your toddler knows to be careful when the big night is here. Be clear that mom or dad have to be sure all candy is safe before your toddler can eat it, and remind her that we don’t talk to strangers.
Be Prepared for Trick-or-Treating
Make sure you are ready for a fun night. Take a flashlight and fully charged phone with you when you go. It doesn’t hurt to take a few band-aids along, as well. If you are going anywhere there will be crowds, slip a card with your phone number into your toddler’s costume just in case of an emergency or your toddler wanders off.
Be sure your toddler has eaten before going out and is well-rested to prevent any meltdowns, especially if you have a child who tends to run off when they act out. If you do have a runner, you may want to think about a costume you can incorporate a child harness into or consider using a stroller.
With toddlers, it’s usually best to do your trick-or-treating earlier in the evening before it gets dark. You’ll avoid some of the crowds, which makes it easier to keep an eye on your toddler and you’ll be more visible to cars. If you want to make a day of it, check for local events happening during the day on Halloween like trunk-or-treat, events at local businesses or local fairs.