While razor blades in candy are largely urban legend, there are real risks posed to children who go trick or treating on Halloween. Taking steps to keep your children safe will help ensure this treasured family holiday can continue to stoke warm memories now and as your child grows.
Research suggests that around 4,000 children are injured each year on Halloween night. Many of these are due to poor lighting and general inattention brought about by the excitement of the evening. You can help to keep your child safe from injury by instructing them to:
- Only cross the street at crosswalks or traffic signals
- Look both ways before crossing, even if you have the right of way
- Wear bright and reflective clothing or place reflectors on your costume
- Carry a flashlight, lantern, or another light-up device to improve visibility
- Pay attention to surroundings
- Stay off of electronics, such as phones, while walking
- Always stay on sidewalks or pedestrian paths
If your children are too young to take these steps on their own, go trick or treating with them to help keep them safe from an accident.
Harm from Strangers
Strangers harming children on Halloween is the stuff of horror movies, but for some, it becomes a terrible reality. You can help your children stay safe from all forms of abuse by making sure they:
- Trick or treat in large groups
- Have adequate adult supervision
- Stay in neighborhoods they know, close to home
Once again, it can be a good idea to go trick or treating with your children. Consider organizing a group of parents and making it a neighborhood or social-circle event.
Still Wary of Candy?
It is always a good idea to check your children’s candy for signs of tampering and to make sure they have not been given anything harmful, such as THC. If you are wary of candy altogether, consider a new tradition like the Switch Witch or Sugar Sprite. These crafty spirits exchange candy for a toy, book, game, or similar gift while children sleep, providing kids with something more substantial and desirable than a sack full of sugar.
We are Here for Your Family
If your child suffers harm on Halloween – or at any time of the year – the Cifarelli Law Firm is here to help. Call our Irvine office at 949-502-8600 to schedule a private, confidential, and free consultation today to learn more about your rights.