Safety is the utmost concern for parents with small children. With danger lurking in every corner, one mistake can hurt a child and even cost them their life. When hosting a Halloween partyin your home, there are a few precautions you need to take before inviting other children to spend time with you.
Send out “Safety First” Halloween Invitations
Give parents peace of mind by sending out Halloween invitations that clearly show that safety is your number one priority. Included in your Halloween party invitation could be tips on how to choose a safe costume, as well as reasons why attending a Halloween party is much safer than trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.
List all of your contact information, and when parents call to RSVP, make sure you ask them if their child has any food allergies or medical precautions you need to know.
Dos and Don’ts Make All the Difference
Accidents happen, but can be prevented almost every time. When having children other than your own as guests in your home, you must go out of your way to make them feel protected. You can do this easily as long as you prepare in advance.
- Keep all dangerous items out of reach. This includes cleaning supplies, sharp utensils, and ropes of every kind.
- Lock up all firearms and put your medications in a place where they won’t be disturbed.
- Cover your swimming pool with a heavy tarp and lock all doors leading outside.
- Make sure that the children are being supervised at all times. Find a trustworthy adult to keep you company throughout the celebration. While you are busy tending to other things, put your friend to good use and have them oversee the group until you become available again.
- Take the time to meet each child’s parent or guardian before the party begins. Ask who will be picking up the boy or girl from the party and make sure to keep watch over the child as they leave your home. Do not allow anyone unfamiliar to escort the guest out the door.
- Report any suspicious activity as it happens to the proper authorities. Even teenage pranksters can pose a threat, so be wary of any disruptions or unsavory characters lurking around your home or vehicle.
- Do not give children anything that could be a choking hazard to them. Hotdogs and marshmallows are two foods that can be lodged in children’s airways.
- Dress in light colored or reflective clothing so that you and your child will be visible from vehicles traveling down the street.
- Do not use candles as decorations. Opt for strings of colored lights if you must, but refrain from using matches or cigarette lighters at all costs. Children can drag their hair or costume across a lit flame and cause themselves a serious injury.
- Do not serve snacks that contain nuts or traces of nuts just in case a child has a food allergy.
- Keep a list of emergency contact numbers by the phone in case you run into any trouble along the way. Most children know how to dial 9-1-1 and having the name and phone number of other adults eases a host or hostess’ mind.
By planning ahead, you can eliminate any hazards that might come your way. Use the time that you saved safeguarding your event to bake treats for your guests or to create an amazing costume for your son or daughter. Other parents will appreciate the steps that you have taken to make their children feel safe and welcome at the event.