Most kids look forward to Halloween. As a time of year that offers the opportunity to dress up, fill their bellies with their favourite sweets and stay up past their bedtime, it’s easy to see why.
But as a parent, the spooky evening can be daunting. Of course, you want your children to enjoy a fun-filled night; you want to give them memories of fancy dress ghouls and exciting trick or treating. But you’re probably also a little concerned about their safety.
Relax – our family-orientated chiropractors in Southend have some fantastic tips on keeping your kids safe this Halloween.
1: Buy Costumes with Caution
Before you purchase your child’s fancy dress costume, make sure you check the label to be certain it is flame resistant. If you’re making their costume (give yourself a tap on the back, by the way!), use flame-resistant fabrics such as nylon or polyester and avoid making anything that is oversized or baggy. To prevent back ache or other injurers, always make sure that you choose suitable footwear for your child – even if they don’t quite resemble the pointed-toed witch shoes that your five-year old is insistent on wearing!
2:Practice Makes Perfect
To reduce the risk of trips and falls, get your child to try on their costume several days before Halloween. This will allow you plenty of time to make any necessary adjustments. Also check that any accessories, such as toy swords or knives, have blunt ends.
3 Avoid Masks
Fancy dress masks – especially some of the monstrous types seen on Halloween – can obstruct your child’s vision. If your child insists on transforming his face into a terrifying tyrant (or even his favourite TV character) opt for face paints instead of a mask. Most quality fancy dress shops will sell nontoxic face paints, but always test the paint on your child’s face beforehand to be sure it won’t trigger an allergic reaction.
4: Keep Them Visible
You can help to keep your child visible in the dark by adding a few pieces of reflective tape to their costume and trick or treat bag. Glowing bracelets or necklaces can also help to increase visibility but keep these away from young children and babies as they may be tempted to chew on them.
Remind your child about road safety rules and make sure your child understands what to do if they get lost. A mobile phone or a GPS tracking device can provide extra safety and security. Agree a time that your child should return home and set a limit on where they are allowed to venture.
Our team of Southend chiropractors wish you all a safe and spooky Halloween!