A few years ago, I lived in a neighborhood that was quite popular for trick or treating. So popular that, unless you left before the trick or treaters came out, it was going to take you 30 minutes or more to get to the end of your street. A very short street. Cars, parents and children were everywhere. It was a major accident potential area.
Halloween is always a fun time for kids. They look forward to dressing up and anxiously await the end of the night so they can go through all their candy. Halloween can also be a very dangerous time therefore, you need to have a game plan, rules and restrictions before everyone leaves the house. I have some safety tips that I would like to share with you so that you may have a safe accident free trick or treating experience with your children.
Make sure costumes fit correctly to prevent tripping and restricting movement. Masks can prevent good vision so make sure they fit correctly, or just use face paint. Bright colored, flame resistant costumes are also a good idea. If needed, you can attach reflective tape to the costume.
Weapons need to be plastic and flexible. No sharp weapons.
Carry flashlights or glow sticks so you can see and be seen.
DO NOT let your child go trick or treating alone.
Avoid homes that are dark. If there are no lights or at least a porch light on. Stay away from it.
Walk on sidewalks if possible or in areas with good lighting.
Look both ways before crossing the street. Parents, children get so excited about going from door to door that they forget this important rule. Stay with them and keep reminding them to look both ways before crossing.
Never, ever go into someone’s home under any circumstances whatsoever. Unless, of course, it’s a relative or friend.
Check all candy before letting your child eat it. No exceptions. Throw away anything that looks like it has been tampered with. Better safe than sorry. This is the perfect opportunity to pocket what you want to keep for yourself 😊
It is not a bad idea to have your child wear a whistle in case of emergency situations or if they get separated.
Do not let older children run ahead to the next house unless they are with an adult. Otherwise, everyone stays together. No exceptions.
Make sure your children know the stranger danger rules.
Hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!
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