Halloween is a night filled with fun and celebration. Decked out in their new costumes, kids fill the streets and run from house to house in an effort to get a bucket full of treats. Every parent wants to make sure their child is safe and can participate in all the excitement. For parents of children with hearing loss and children who wear hearing devices, we have helpful tips to consider before you head out to trick-or-treat.
1. Make sure costumes fit properly
Before purchasing a costume, double check that the mask, hat or other accessories fit comfortably and securely around any hearing devices, and leave microphones exposed to sound. Avoid costumes that may cause falls by blocking hearing or vision.
2. Check hearing devices before you leave the house
Make sure that all hearing devices are functioning and securely attached. If your child’s hearing device has an indicator light, consider turning on the indicator light so you can ensure they are hearing while trick-or-treating and see the sound processor in the dark. Remember to use new batteries and pack extra batteries.
3. Walk in groups or with trusted adult
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always walk and don’t run from house to house. For older children in a group of friends, establish a plan prior to leaving the house and arrange a meeting place to check in. Agree upon a time when everyone should be home.
4. Trick-or-treat with care
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible. Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
5. Examine treats
Instruct your kids not to eat any of the candy until they come home and have had the treats examined by an adult. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Following these simple tips will help you and your children enjoy a spook-tacular and safe Halloween night!