Light the Night
While kids might fear ghosts and goblins, parents worry more about oncoming cars, uneven sidewalks, and other hazards. Experts recommend that children carry a flashlight (use fresh batteries!) to help them see and be seen. A lightweight durable plastic flashlight can illuminate your child’s path and resist shattering if dropped in a moment of Halloween fright.
Jack-o’-lantern-lined walkways and porches can pose a fire risk, so look for Halloween costumes, wigs, and accessories made with flame-resistant materials (typically made with plastic fabrics/materials; check the manufacturer’s label). In your home, little battery-operated plastic candles can add some flickering light for an eerie mood…without flames.
Glow in the Dark
While trick-or-treating in the dark can be spooky and fun, you want to make sure drivers can see your kids. Adding reflective or glow-in-the-dark plastic tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags can make your kids more visible. Or add a glow stick or little flashing decorations.
For young children who are still learning their home address and family phone numbers, simply jot down name/address/contact info, place it in a small plastic zipper bag, and slide it into a pocket. It’s easy to find in an emergency, won’t dissolve if wet, and doesn’t broadcast information to strangers.
Once the trick-or-treating is done, remember to check all goodies before your kids munch away. Most candy is wrapped in plastic packaging to provide protection; treat any unwrapped treats with great suspicion.
A little preparation, a little caution, and some inexpensive, readily available plastic products can contribute to Halloween safety…and help parents achieve a bit more peace of mind.
Also, don’t forget to recycle the plastic bags and wraps from Halloween festivities, such as plastic wraps around bulk snacks/candy (but not snack/candy wrappers) and the plastic grocery bags that carried your treats home. Just take them back to participating grocery/retail stores. To find out what plastic bags/wraps to recycle visit: plasticfilmrecycling.org.