Halloween Safety

by blackspanielgallery

Halloween safety should be our priority, and a fun Halloween can be made safe using a few simple, inexpensive ideas, And, Halloween can still be fun.

There are several ways to improve on Halloween safety. Each has its importance, and must be considered.

Halloween safety is important, since younger children often dart running with little concern for their surroundings. It important to have your home, at least outdoors, well lighted so the children can see any tripping hazards. But, there is also a desire to use lighting that is not in conflict with the spooky decorations. It is a balance that must be maintained, but it is an important balance.

A second side of Halloween safety is to have the children themselves easily seen, even though the costume may be dark. They must be easily seen by oncoming traffic. Handheld lights that are Halloween themed can help here, and it is an easy thing to add. But, is the lights are not directional they can be seen from many angles, a fact often overlooked.

Finally, can a child trust the candy from a trick or treat venture? If the child stays in an area where the neighbors are well known there is usually no problem, provided you really know the neighbors well. But, if not, which piece of candy came from which house can be a problem? So, the way to help this issue is to substitute for the candy. But what?

Hence, Halloween safety has many aspects, and it is wise to ignore none of them.

Halloween Safety Lights

Halloween Path Markers

Halloween path markers are now available, and in an abundance of styles.  Some are simple, subdued lighting in brown that will show up any stray tripping hazards without overpowering your decorations.  Others are things like pumpkins, which are familiar to small children.  Then there are the scarier Halloween path markers. 

 

In addition to providing light, the row of path markers act as a boundary.  Seeing a row of lights will make it less likely a child will run across your decorations.  It highlights the walk, and can serve to deter a child from crossing the row of path markers.  This not only shows up some tripping hazards, but can redirect a child from getting in places where danger lurks.

 

Safe Halloween are the best Halloweens.  So, put some light on this year’s celebration.

Halloween Path Markers That Can Be Used for Other Parties

Brown Lanterns

Subdued lighting from lantern shaped Halloween path markers can be used for other occasions, such as birthday parties or showers.  In fact, they can be used as a walk highlight for everyday decorating and lighting your home.

Halloween Safety: Lanterns

Lantern Halloween Path Markers
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Halloween safety: Zombie Path Markers

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Zombie Halloween Path Markers

Scary Sound Effects

If you really want to go all out, there is a set of Zombie path markers that are motion activated, and have sound effects.  I would use these between the other path markers, since they will not light until they sense motion if used to their full capacity, and by then it may be too late to show a hazard.

Halloween Safety Hand Lights

Carry Halloween Lights

When I was a child we always had lighted jack-o-lanterns.  There were battery operated lights inside our pumpkins.  I did not know it then, but it made us visible. 

 

Hand held Halloween lights can make a child visible in traffic.  Of course, one light can be shielded by the child from view, so also instruct the child about looking before entering a street.  Still, it will help with visibility.  And use lights that are not directional, since a beam of light is often obvious from only one direction.  And two lights work even better for visibility.

 

Last year there were an abundance of lighted costumes available, now there are very few.  Perhaps there was a problem in rainy or damp conditions.  So, hand carried lights are the best option, and can be encased to be made waterproof.

Halloween Safety Candy Alternatives

Options for Halloween Candy

Halloween candy is not the best option for trick or treat, because even if the candy is safe there should be a limit on how much sugar a child will consume in a short period of time.  And, there is that question of how safe the candy really is.

 

One option is inexpensive toys.  I am aware children play with fewer toys in the current society, but small inflatable balls are a still good choice.  And for smaller children rubber ducks are always popular, especially considering the variety of rubber ducks now available.  Rubber ducks can be construction workers, rock stars, firefighters, and so on.  The variety is enormous.  And for older children consider inflatable music instruments, which will allow them to fanaticize about playing in a band.  They are surprisingly inexpensive.

 

Of course inflatable toys look much better if inflated, so consider a hand air pump and fill the toys with air before Halloween.

 

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Updated: 09/30/2017, blackspanielgallery
 
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blackspanielgallery on 10/02/2017

Frank, the religious objection to Halloween is something that once was vague here. We had some priests who preached against participation, while others saw no objection. Then, a pastoral letter from the archbishop settled the issue. He denounced honoring Satan, but wrote Halloween fun was fine. I assume he meant satanic parties were not allowed, and satanic costumes could be problematic. As for costumes, I suppose it is like political costumes. One can honor or ridicule with the same costume, so it may go to intent.
I avoid satanic costumes in my articles.
In some places October 30 is called Devil's Night, and arson is the way it is celebrated. I am happy we do not have that practice here.
As for trick or treat, we get escorted, costumed children from dusk until 8 p. m., then teens prowl the streets. Turning off the lights indicates we are no longer participating, which is about 8 p. m. or when we run out of things to hand to the children. Candy is a problem, for I would eat much too much while handing it out.
The only vandalism I have had was three smashed pumpkin bags, leaf bags that look like pumpkins and are filled with old paper. However, I have seen broken pumpkins in front of a few homes. Just minor pranks are not worth fearing.

frankbeswick on 10/02/2017

On November the Fifth we have Bonfire Night, when we recall the thwarting of Guy Fawkes' attempt to blow up parliament. The bonfires were transferred to that night from their original time at Hallowe'en to transform them from a pagan occasion into an anti-Catholic festival at the instigation of Puritans and Protestant Fundamentalists. While we used to have fireworks that night, my mother would never let us "burn a guy" [an effigy of Guy Fawkes] as she did not like the idea of celebrating a cruel execution. This is one festival that I have dropped.

blackspanielgallery on 10/02/2017

Here, some fundamentalist religions oppose Halloween, but the Catholic Church has no objection, with the condition that one does not honor the devil. That seems to imply no party where satanic practices occur, or costumes to place him in esteem. In fact, Halloween is practiced in many parochial schools with trunk or treat, where parents set up in the school yard and pass out candy to the children making the rounds. This limits who is passing out the candy. It also keeps the children out of traffic. The local episcopal churches, at least some of them, make money selling pumpkins before Halloween, and hey are the American version of the Anglican church.

frankbeswick on 10/02/2017

I have had little trouble at Hallowe'en, but where I live small children are escorted round for sweets.Once I used to refuse on religious grounds, but then I realized that refusal was counter-productive, so now I give small chocolates and jellies.

Trick or Treat was not really an English custom, but a central European one. I don't recall it from my childhood days/ It came into English culture from American films.

blackspanielgallery on 10/01/2017

I have had little vandalism, but I bring in decorations after the little children have finished, about 8 p. m.

Veronica on 10/01/2017

We don't really do that much for Halloween. In UK , local children see it as an opportunity for dreadful vandalism and set fire to bins , pelt people with paint, eggs, demand money from old people. It's a nightmare.

I do like your ideas for lighting the paths safely though. I too am concerned about the sweets that children are given. I tend to give satsumas.

blackspanielgallery on 10/01/2017

Thanks. There are so many things to consider.

MBC on 10/01/2017

What a great article on being safe during this holiday. Loved your selections.

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