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Halloween Safety Tips for Arizona Parents and Children

Sep 24, 2023

The holidays are knocking at our doors again, begging for a little fun (and maybe candy!). Even though Halloween is designed to be an awesome night on the prowl, Halloween safety measures, especially for kids with special needs, are key in fostering happy excitement. Keeping your kiddos safe with a few tips can help nurture a worry-free spirit.

Ready for the Big Night

Halloween Safety

Before the clock strikes the hour for Halloween enjoyment, be diligent in planning ahead. The first order of business involves costume planning. Once your child has an idea of what character they would like to dress as, we suggest looking out for costumes containing these qualities:

  1. Flame Resistant (Oftentimes, you can locate this on the tag.)
  2. Comfortable (Including shoes, mask, and costume fit.)
  3. Does not drag on the ground (Let’s face it. You might have to run from zombies!)
  4. Keeps vision clear.
  5. Bright or Reflective (Your kids are walking in the dark after all!)

Once you pick out the perfect costume, know your child’s allergies. We don’t just mean with candy! Sometimes makeup can cause an allergic reaction when in contact with skin, so testing the makeup, like on the hand or arm, will help avoid unpleasant surprises on the big night.

If you plan to go out with your child, it can be important to map out a route to take as well in case someone gets lost. We know to stay together as a group, but sometimes things happen. The zombies may be in bigger crowds than anticipated. The darkness may cause misdirection. It’s even possible that someone in the group gets distracted. A familiar, mapped route can help if anyone gets lost and is especially critical if you send your teen out without an adult. Planning ahead keeps Halloween safety and everyone else on the track to having a boo-tiful night.

Prepared for Scares 

Halloween Safety

Fun fright should always invite continuous comfort with Halloween safety. For some kiddos, however, Halloween poses higher stress and sensory overload to traditions that are a total blast for other kids. Practice and planning will alleviate overstimulation. With your child, you can try:

  1. Practice Trick-or-Treating one night before Halloween: Your child can then get used to the darkness and walking with you down the streets.
  1. Try the costume in the store and wear it around the house: Your child can then get used to wearing the costume, which will increase comfort.
  1. Teach a signal to your child (ex: hand gesture) if Halloween becomes too much: This way you can take your child to a safer place to regroup or do something else that they would find comfortable.

Halloween Safety on The Big Night

THalloween Safetyhe big night is finally here. Everyone is full of excitement and lurking around the neighborhood, working for hard-earned candy. If we’re painting safety into the picture, we would see your family staying together as a group with flashlights and cell phones in hand. You would bring your kids only to the houses with porch lights on and making sure no one enters a home or car with a stranger.

Upon returning home with the prized candy possessions, your kids only eat the candy in the original, unopened wrapper. Halloween safety can be made easy so that you don’t need to think about it much at all. Now get out there, and have a Spooktacular night!

Here are more Halloween safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you have specific concerns about your child participating in Halloween festivities, meet with one of our Occupational Therapists who can recommend activities and exercises to make the celebration fun for the whole family.

 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2018 and has been updated to reflect the most up-to-date information for parents and caregivers.