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Halloween is a few days away and families in America are gearing up for this weekend’s festivities – prepping costumes, stocking up on sweet treats and more. Historically, Halloween has been devoted to ghoulish frights and horrifying things that go “bump” in the night, but nowadays it has evolved into a festive spectacle that allows kids to do what they do best: dress up, indulge in sweet treats, and have fun! Let’s not forget the kids-at-heart out there who enjoy venturing to the pumpkin patch, decorating to the nines, and attending Halloween parties at any age (the everyStory team included). While this day is all about having fun, it’s important to keep safety in mind while partaking in the revelry – especially for the children! Here is a list of some simple precautions you can take with the little ones in your life to ensure their safety this Halloween:
- Tag along, parents or guardians! While your child may not be too keen on the idea, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You can make it more fun for both of you by getting spirited and dressing up, too. (Tip: If they are embarrassed that dad or mom is tagging along, convince them that no one will know who you are when you’re in a mask or full gorilla suit!) Depending on the age group, it may be appropriate for young adults to venture out on their own, but make sure they do so with a small group of friends and in an area they know well. Establish a clear curfew and contact protocol in case an emergency should happen. An additional bonus to being present for the festivities is that you can easily document the trick-or-treating fun live and in living color using the everyStory app, while still keeping an eye on things.
- Keep it local. Regardless of whether or not you accompany your child, it’s better to stick to your neighborhood or another area that you are familiar with. The last thing you want to do on Halloween is get lost and lose out on precious candy collecting time. Plus, when you stay in a place that is a little closer to home you have more accessibility to a safety net of people you know and trust that can help out if need be.
- Choose hazard-free costumes. It may seem like a no-brainer, but try and dissuade your child from picking costumes that limit movement or vision and sharp, pointed accessories. For infants, check their costume to make sure it is loose fitting and comfortable for a long evening of fun. A tip for trick-or-treaters of all ages is to avoid dark colors as they are harder to see at night – especially for drivers.
- Obey the rules of the road. Whether you are a driver or a pedestrian, on Halloween the streets become more chaotic and therefore more dangerous. If you are on foot, stick to the sidewalks and obey traffic lights. For drivers it’s especially important on this day to be even more aware of pedestrians and of course, not use mobile devices while driving..
- Minimize exposure to strangers – offline and online. This is a big one! Naturally you will want to document your child’s getup (and possibly your own) on Halloween and now with everyStory’s privacy feature, you can compile all of your interactive festive photos in one place and choose exactly who has access to your albums. This is also a great, and safe, place for teens to exchange and comment about their photos amongst friends. Our app stores users’ photos in a secured cloud, so you can take and upload as many photos as you want while knowing it is private and exclusive to your community.