It’s mid-October, which means the season of ghouls and ghosts is upon us. However, mythical creatures aren’t the scariest thing about Halloween — not by a long shot. Halloween is among the three deadliest days for pedestrians. That’s why you need Halloween safety gadgets.
Don’t let your child go out trick or treating without arming them with the tools they need to be safe! The gadgets we’re looking at today helps them stay visible. Most important: improved visibility decreases the chances of them adding to that terrible statistic.
1. Lights, Lights, and More Lights
You’re probably going to notice a reoccurring theme, and that’s lights. One of the best ways to keep your kids safe while trick or treating (an activity performed at night) is to make them as visible as possible. Illuminating children makes them visible to drivers (or their friends, if they’re old enough to go out on their own).
Light Up Bag or Bucket for Candy
Your child needs a way to carry around their candy. And it would help if they could see what’s inside — so why not get them a candy bucket that lights up? It’s just one more way for motorists to see as your child crosses streets. And because not every kid will have one, it gives you an easy way to identify your child when he or she wanders into a big crowd.
There are two attractive glowing buckets on Amazon right now: the Pumpkin Light Up LED Trick-Or-Treat Bag and the Flashing Pumpkin Halloween Bucket. The former is just over $14, and the latter is $10. Either way, your kids will have a fun, Halloween-themed place to store their loot — and they’ll have an extra bit of safety.
Depending on the costume, there should be some place on your kid’s body where you can fix a light. In fact, with the RUMBLE 24/7 Night Running Gear Shoe Lights, you can just attach them to your kid’s shoes. The lights keep runners visible, but they’ll work for Halloween as well. They’re $12.99, so they’re kind of inexpensive.
2. Even More Lights: Consider a Light-Up Costume
The best way to light your kid up like a Christmas tree: get them a costume with built-in illumination. This way, they don’t need anything extra (like the shoes mentioned above), and you can rest easy knowing they’ll be visible.
Now, you might need to get creative if your child wants to go out as a zombie or the grim reaper. But who carries lights and is considered awesome? Just about every character in the Star Wars universe. Just grab something like this Star Wars The Force Awakens Kylo Ren Deluxe Electronic Lightsaber (CA/UK) or Luke Skywalker Lightsaber Costume (CA/UK), and a costume of their favorite character, and they’ll be lit up and ready to go.
Here’s what I’m getting at: if you’re willing to look around, there’s a good chance you can find something your child is into that’s also safe. And that will make you both very happy!
3. Best Halloween Safety Gadgets: Cell Phones
This one might seem obvious, but there’s no better gadget for your kid’s safety this Halloween than a cell phone. A smartphone is ideal since you can install apps that will allow you to keep track of your children. But even a cheap burner phone is sufficient if you don’t want your kids to own a more expensive phone.
More or less, all you want is a way for your kids to contact you if their (and yours) best safety measures don’t work out. Even if it’s something minor like them needing a ride home because of an upset stomach, a cell phone is a necessity for trick or treating.
The other great thing about a cell phone is that you won’t have to do much (if any) convincing to get your child to carry one. After all, what kid doesn’t want a cell phone, even if it’s only used in an emergency?
4. Flashlight That Doubles as a Powerbank
Once you snag that cell phone, you’re going to want to make sure it stays charged. Yes, just about every cell phone posseses enough battery life to make it through a night of trick or treating. However, you’re going to want to send your child out with a flashlight anyway (remember all that light stuff we talked about earlier?), so you might as well snag a flashlight that doubles as a power bank. Even if you were smart and send your kid out with a full charge, one of their friend’s parents may not have — and you might just bail them out!
Believe it or not, there are actually quite a few choices out there that are well-reviewed on Amazon. Most come with around 3,000mAh, which should charge the average phone at least once.
First, and probably the one you should get, there’s the Key Power 3,000mAh with High Intensity 170 Lumen Power Bank (CA). This one is cheap, coming in at $12.99, and it offers the brightest flashlight (at least of the ones we can find that list their Lumen output).
Next, there’s the RAVPower 3,200mAh External Battery Pack with Ultra Bright Flashlight (CA) (name just rolls off the tongue). It has over 1,400 reviews on Amazon and a solid 4.4-star rating. As of this writing, it’s going for $18.99, which is pretty good when you consider that this will be useful for far more than Halloween. However, there’s no official listing of its brightness, but buyers estimate that it’s 100 Lumen.
There’s also the smaller, lipstick-sized EasyAcc Ubright (CA), which sells for $12.99 and comes with a 3,350 mAh battery. It’s a bit more untested on Amazon, coming with just over 30 reviews. Even so, it does have a strong 4.5-star rating (with 90% accuracy according to FakeSpot). This one isn’t as bright, coming with a 40–50 Lumen rating. However, if your child is wearing a costume without pockets, and you need the flashlight to be as small as possible, this one is worth considering.
I’ll leave you with the most important thing your child (and you) will need for a safe Halloween, and it isn’t a gadget at all. I’m talking about knowledge. Make sure to sit down with your children and go over things they need to know. Check out our article on Pokemon Go safety, as many of those tips apply here.
Here are a few useful resources for Halloween safety tips:
- CDC Halloween Tips
- SafeKids.org Halloween Safety Tips
- AAP.org Halloween Safety Tips 2016
- National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Halloween Safety Tips
Do you have any other Halloween safety suggestions (either gadgets or general tips)? Share in the comments below!
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