Boo! Taking the Fear Out of Halloween

grandfather with grandkids on Halloween


While most people think of Halloween as a younger person’s holiday, that doesn’t mean those who are young at heart can’t join in the fun! Many older adults join their grandchildren for trick or treating and enjoy decorating their homes for the big night. If you’re the one taking the little ones through the neighborhood to collect treats, here are some tips to keep you and your grandkids safe.

Make a plan of where you’re going

Plan out a specific route before heading out the door. This will help establish boundaries for the young ones, who may want to go for miles without stopping.

Watch your step

Unexpected decorations on lawns, potential crowds and focusing attention on your grandkids could increase your risk of falling. Be sure and keep a sharp eye on where you’re stepping.

Wear comfortable shoes and reflective/lit clothing or accessories

Comfortable shoes will help both you and your grandkids enjoy the night more and will keep you all safe while walking through dimly lit areas. Making sure you can be seen by others – either with reflective clothing or flashlights – will ensure cars can see you easily.

Make sure costumes don’t create unwanted hazards

Any costume accessories, like swords and knives, should be make of soft and flexible materials. Long skirts, dresses or devil’s tails can be tripping hazards, so make sure there’s no part of the costume that’s dragging on the ground.

Check all candy once you’re home safe

Sort through all candy and throw away anything that’s been opened or torn or is not in its original wrapper.

If you’re the one staying home and passing out the treats, following these safety tips:

Keep your sidewalks, walkways and porches free of hazards

Make sure the way to your front door is free of obstacles or decorations that could cause a child to trip and fall.

 Turn on porch lights and interior lights

This will let trick-or-treaters know you’re open to the idea of strange children knocking on your door. It will also keep them safe by giving them a clearer view of where they’re going.

Don’t let anyone you don’t know into your home

Halloween can also bring out people who are trying to take advantage of people’s goodwill. Don’t allow any stranger in to use the restroom.

Keep pets in another room while answering the door

A pet could scare a child, especially if it’s a large dog. Keeping your pets contained also protects them from running out the door.

If you want to participate, but don’t want to answer the door, turn on your porch light and leave a basket of candy with a sign that says “Help yourself to ONE piece of candy.”

If you want to celebrate the season without passing out candy, check your local community center, place of worship, shopping mall or other organizations that are sponsoring community Halloween parties.

Trick or treating can be a safe and enjoyable time for kids of all ages by following these tips. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Categories: Senior Health