Halloween is just around the corner and preparations are in full swing across the country. Jack-o-lanterns are being carved, costumes created, and everything edible is full of pumpkin and spice flavorings. Americans spend nearly 2 billion dollars on Halloween candy, which is about 8% of all sweets sales in the United States in an entire year! But before you go chasing all of the candy in your neighborhood we’re here to remind you of a few safety precautions.
TEST YOUR MAKEUP
If your costume calls for copious amounts of makeup be sure to test it on a small area of skin before the big day. There are few things that can ruin an evening of Halloween festivities quite like an allergic reaction on you or your child!
CHECK YOUR COSTUME
Before putting on your costume on October 31st check that it fits properly and allows for movement and vision. Overly large costumes or masks with poor vision and ventilation can be hazardous, especially when worn by small children. Costumes that are too big can lead to tripping, and masks with eye holes that are too small or placed improperly can lead to many-a-problems!
Make yourself visible. Each person in your party should carry a flashlight or the popular glow sticks. This growing popularity as a Halloween safety accessory has led glow sticks to a quickly expanding fashion accessory line including necklaces, bracelets, rings, swords and more!
Trick or treating in groups makes trick or treating more fun and safe! Traveling as a group with multiple adults and pairing up with trick or treating buddies can help keep children from wandering off to find that elusive Snickers® bar.
An important thing to remember is that while you may be having fun trick or treating from house to house, other people will still be on the roads with their cars. Use the sidewalks when possible, and avoid high-traffic areas.
AVOID DARK HOUSES
Avoid dark houses. People who have their lights off on Halloween are usually signaling to trick or treaters that they would appreciate being left alone. Their reasons may vary from having run out of candy to not liking visitors, but no matter the reason, respect their wishes and move on to the next house.
CHECK YOUR CANDY
After you’ve come home with your trick or treating treasure there’s one more important bit of safety advice to remember- check your candy! Check all wrapped pieces of candy for signs of damage to packaging that could indicate tampering, and dispose of handmade or unwrapped treats from strangers.
We hope these tips will help you and your loved ones to stay safe as you enjoy trick or treating, and from all of us here at Advanced Background Checks have a safe and happy Halloween!