Halloween is a holiday that most kids really look forward to. They love to go trick or treating, collecting goodies from door to door. It’s fun and exciting for them and even when accompanied by a grown up, they still get to feel just a little bit more independent on Halloween when they ring the bell and shout “Trick or treat!” As parents though, we know that there are some hidden dangers out there and our main objective is to keep our kids safe. Follow our 10 safety tips for Halloween and help yourself and your kids feel safe and secure when they go trick or treating.
1. Make sure all children 12 and under are escorted by an adult, especially at night or in an unfamiliar area. If you aren’t ready for your older child to trick or treat completely without you, then tag along and stay a bit behind your child and their friends. You will be close enough to make sure they are safe but far enough away that you don’t cramp their style.
2. Be sure that if your child is wearing a mask it doesn’t interfere with their vision. Use Halloween Makeup instead of a mask if possible. You don’t want your child to trip and fall because they can’t see well through their mask.
3. If your child is wearing a dark colored costume, use Reflective Tape or Reflective Patches so that drivers can see them while crossing the street. Apply reflective tape to trick or treat bags as well. You can also buy light up trick or treat bags.
4. Never let older kids trick or treat alone. Make sure they are with a group of friends. There is safety in numbers. Make sure they know that they are to stick together at all times and not to break that rule for ANY reason whatsoever.
5. Advise children that are trick or treating in a group without an adult that they should never accept an invitation into anyone’s home and avoid homes where the porch is not brightly lit. They should stay in only brightly lit areas and never take shortcuts through dark streets or alleys.
6. If your kids are trick or treating in the evening, carry a flashlight. If streetlights aren’t bright enough to make you feel secure, or you live in a more rural area, having your own light with you is a must!
7. Do not let kids eat any candy until you have a chance to examine it at home. You want to check for anything that is a choking hazard, an allergy risk or looks tampered with in any way.
8. Do not let kids eat homemade treats from strangers or any candy that is not in a wrapper. The only exception is when they are given by someone that you know well and trust.
9. If your child has a “weapon” such as a sword as part of their costume, make sure it is soft enough that it can’t hurt anyone. Soft plastic or fabric are best for these type of accessories. Kids tend to get into character and roughhouse when they are in costume and you want to prevent any injuries.
10. Set a curfew for older kids and make sure if they have a cell phone they are carrying it with them. Go over a set route for them to trick or treat so you know exactly where they will be. Give them designated times to check in with you by call or text.
We all know, as parents, that if you are worried about safety it’s pretty much impossible to just relax and have a good time. Follow these 10 safety tips for Halloween and give yourself a little extra piece of mind. Your kids will have a blast and you will feel good knowing that you are keeping them safe at the same time.
What other ways do you keep your kids safe during Halloween?