6 Ways to Make Your Halloween Safer

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6 Ways to Make Your Halloween Safer

Halloween is a favorite holiday for people all over the country because it is a time for costumes and games. People love to pretend and kids love to go trick-or-treating, but it is important to keep safety in mind for everyone during Halloween. With the right attention to safety, you and your children can have a blast this and every Halloween!

Consider Community Events
Safety at Halloween has been a rising concern for parents and civic leaders for years. That is why many communities have developed an organized community event each Halloween to take the place of standard trick-or-treating.

The great thing about organized community events at Halloween is that many local businesses get involved and offer excellent trick-or-treating gifts for the children. Instead of taking your kids out trick-or-treating in random neighborhoods this year, consider checking out the monitored events your community has to offer.

Keep Your Porch Light On
There are many parents who will not allow their children to trick-or-treat at a house that does not have its porch light turned on. Not only is this good advice for children, but it is also good advice for adults who want to give out treats on Halloween night.

Turn your porch light on when trick-or-treating begins and leave it on until trick-or-treating officially ends. This will allow you to see who is coming up your walk and prevent any unwanted surprises.

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Make Your Children's Costume Safe
A safe Halloween costume has eye holes in the mask that are large enough to allow for good peripheral vision and air holes that allow for plenty of good air flow. A good costume fits comfortably and is not too loose. If your child has a cape on their costume, then make sure that the cape does not go lower than the child's knees. Also make sure that your child's costume has reflective material on it so they can be easily seen by motorists at night.

Never Let Trick-Or-Treaters Into Your Home
Use the same logic on Halloween with trick-or-treaters that you would use any other day of the year. If you do not know someone, then do not let them into your home. You do not want a child to break an expensive vase or walk off with something valuable from your home. Be cordial on Halloween, but be smart as well.

Don't Let The Little Ones Go Out On Their Own
Part of the fun of Halloween is watching your children run around in costumes and trick-or-treating at neighbors' houses. One of the more prominent Halloween decisions that parents have to make is deciding when it is time to allow children can to go trick-or-treating on their own. A child interested in trick-or-treating is probably too young to go out on their own. By the time they are old enough to be out on their own, they usually lose interest in that aspect of Halloween.

This means that, as long as your kids want to go trick-or-treating, then you should prepare to accompany them on their adventure. Never let the little ones go out on their own and do not allow slightly older children to be responsible for the younger ones. When trick-or-treating children should be accompanied by adults.

Have Lighting All Around Your Home
Halloween is a time for little children to go trick-or-treating and a time for slightly older children to get into mischief. The easiest way to prevent your home from being victimized by some energetic children at Halloween is to have lights turned on throughout the exterior of your home.

The most effective deterrent to Halloween pranksters is lighting triggered by motion sensors. The sudden illumination will send the potential vandals running away from your property.

Halloween is a fun holiday that should be shared by the entire family. Plan ahead and take the proper safety precautions to make this a safe and happy Halloween for everyone.

About the author: Seth Gowdy is the Sales Manager for Pivot Insurance and holds multiple insurance and securities' licenses. He has been part of the financial services industry for nearly 20 years. In his free time he enjoys being outdoors fishing, hiking, and geocaching with his wife and two children. Seth most enjoys helping clients with Pivot’s customized process and needs' calculators. You can reach Seth at 1-800-651-1953 or sgowdy@pivot.com.

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