This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Erie Insurance.
Every Halloween, us moms go out of our way to make sure things are perfect. We buy or make the costumes they’ve begged for, we make sure to send in treats to school, we decorate and watch not-so-scary Halloween movies while cuddled up on the sofa together with popcorn. Oh, and don’t forget all the fun family moments we try to plan like visiting corn mazes, haunted houses, hay rides, all sorts of fall fun! What seems to slip by us, though, is the need for some Halloween safety.
We can only be so prepared, so I thought I would share some super simple tips you can put in place right now so that come time for trick-or-treating, your home and family are ready to go!
Halloween Safety Tips for Your House
- Lighting is an easy way to make sure those visiting your front door are safe. Solar powered lights are a great option, you can get them all set up along your walkway and leave them be. Make sure your porch light is bright, and if you have lights at your garage door, turn those on as well. Get spooky with it and paint rocks with glow-in-the-dark paint and line your walkway/sidewalk! Before trick-or-treat night, make sure you go outside when it’s dark and give everything a look. Is it bright enough? Can you see the sidewalks clearly? Great!
- Pet safety is an important one. Sure, it’s cute to dress up your dog and have them greet kids at the door, but some kids don’t like dogs. If you have the floorplan to keep your dog visible from the door but behind a baby gate, try that! If you won’t be home, make sure that your pet is comfortable and consider the things you do for fireworks when it’s time for Halloween. While it may not be that loud outside, you know that some kids will knock or ring your bell even if your lights are off. Consider taking your pet to a friend or family’s house if that would be the safest for them.
- Clear the way! Pick up all of the bikes and toys, clean up any yard debris, anything that someone might trip over. This is one the whole family can help with and helps you get a jump on your fall chores!
- Opt for battery powered lights over real candles for pumpkins and other decors. Whether you are home or not, it would be terrible to have some get burned or something catch on fire. It’s just not worth it!
To be even more prepared, give your homeowner’s insurance policy a look through. If someone does hurt on your property, you’ll want to be fully covered, like with a policy from Erie Insurance. It’s scary to think about, but it’s more scary to not be prepared!
Halloween Safety for Costumes
- Check the length of pants and skirts to make sure no one will trip over their own costume!
- Make sure they can see if wearing anything on their head – a hat, scarf, mask, whatever. Give everything a test run before the big night and make necessary adjustments. Sometimes the store-bought masks aren’t the right size, so be sure to try them on and have your kiddo walk around in the store before purchasing.
- Hand out flashlights and consider glow bracelets and necklaces. Don’t forget fresh batteries and if you are going with, you could even use the flashlight function on your phone! Those babies are BRIGHT!
- Emergency identification. This is honestly one tip that I think many of us totally forget about. Have an ID bracelet (or anklet), write it on their upper arm, something! Make sure their name, your phone number and any important medical information is visible (allergies, etc).