Amy-Rose Lane was nice enough to share a wonderful infographic about Halloween Safety with us today. I know I haven’t been posting since I am revamping my blog, but I felt it necessary to share this with you today to help you keep your kids safe while Trick-or-Treating.
I remember when I was little, my mother was very suspicious about letting me go Trick or Treating with my friends. It seemed every year, a new horror story erupted amongst her friends (‘twas the dark ages before the Internet) about candy apples rigged with razor blades, or something else ghastly.
I recently read that to be a parent is to have your heart live outside your own body, and when we hear frightening stories, it’s still utterly traumatic to think something bad could happen. But I don’t want to be the type of mom who my kids consider a drag for making them stay in on Halloween!
I’ve heard all the horror stories about Halloween candy – and spent hours pouring through the Internet making sure that none of them were true. The only child to ever be poisoned by Halloween candy was a tragic victim of child abuse and insurance fraud. But we know that although ghosts and ghouls are fun, real monsters do exist in our neighborhoods. Every parent is terrified of stranger danger, but Halloween has other risks as well. Crime can go up, and traffic accidents increase. Perhaps the worst danger on Halloween is from drunk drivers. 44% of road accidents on Halloween are caused by inebriated partiers.
BUT despite the fact that the world is scary, we also want to give our kids memories to treasure forever. Which don’t involve being locked in their bedrooms in some kind of human hamster ball for safekeeping!! To find balance, it’s about being fully aware of the dangers that lurk out there – and educating our kids on how to stay safe. Even if they’re in the grips of a sugar rush!
This infographic nicely illustrates some statistics about Halloween, and provides some great tips on planning ahead to make sure it all goes smoothly. The only scare you should have on Halloween is a fun one!
What are your best safety tips for Halloween? Tell us about them in the comments!
Amy has written for The Huffington Post, Elite Daily and Mind Body Green. She lives in San Diego with her family.