Essential Halloween Safety

child health advice from Cliffs southend chiropractorsThe nights are drawing in, spooky pumpkins are filling up the supermarket shelves and there’s an eerie feeling in the air. Yep, Halloween is on its way; and many of us are already getting the preparations in place to celebrate.

We love Halloween here at Cliffs Chiropractic Clinic – so we’ve come up with a safety check list to ensure you and your family have your best one yet!

Safety on the Road

The traffic will probably be busier at Halloween, so make sure you and your family cross the roads carefully.

Put away any electronic devices and keep your eyes and ears focused on your surroundings.

Educate your children on the importance of making eye contact with drivers before crossing the road in front of them.

Be a good influence by making sure you and your kids always walk on pavements or paths. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings possible.

Trick or Treat Safety

Make sure you or another responsible adult supervise children under the age of 12.  If your kids are old enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar, well-lit areas and always trick or treat in large groups.

Costume Safety

Choose bright coloured costumes and decorate them with reflective tape or stickers.

Encourage your children to use face paint or make up instead of masks. Masks may look impressive, but they can obstruct their vision and place them at risk of injuries.

Give your kids a torch to carry while they’re out trick or treating. This will help them to see more clearly in the dark and be seen by drivers too!

Always try costumes on before Halloween. The last thing you want is you or your kids tripping over an oversized witch’s cape!

Driving Safety

Drive slowly and be mindful that there will be excitable children walking the streets at Halloween.

Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.

Take away any distractions from inside your car so that you can fully concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

The most common trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially aware of children on the road during that time frame.

The safer you stay, the more fun you’ll have!


5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween

child health advice from Cliffs southend chiropractorsMost 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.

 5: Communicate

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!