Trick-o-treating on the spookiest night of the year is a fun filled event that kids look forwards to every year. For parents, however, Halloween can be a bit more stressful. How do you keep your children safe on a night that asks them walk in the dark, knock on doors, and ask for candy from strangers? So before your kids go out trick-o-treating, here are some tips to follow for a memorable and safe Halloween night.
1. Never let your child go trick-o-treating alone.
There is safety in numbers so make sure your child is always with you or a family member. If the child is old enough and insists on going with friends, make sure he or she is aware they must stay in a group the entire time. Provide the child with a cell phone so he or she may check up with you every hour and if it’s an iPhone, you can always track them through the “Find My iPhone” app.
2. Plan out the route
Make a plan before heading out. If you have young kids, remember they will get tired walking long distances so staying within a block or two of your house is a smart choice. Review the route with your child or children. Have an emergency plan so that if a member of your group gets lost, you can meet at a certain location to regroup.
3. Check the candy
When your child returns home, sit with them and sort t through the candy to make sure the treats have not been tampered with. Look for any unwrapped candy or food. Throw away any baked goods that might have been given out. It might seem wasteful or rather over-cautions, but when in doubt, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
4. Shine Bright
Try to incorporate reflective clothing with your child’s costume. By having your child wear some type of reflective clothing or tape, you will make it much easier for drivers to spot your child. If you don’t have reflective clothing, an alternative would be to have your child carry a flashlight or glow sticks. Avoid wearing costumes that are completely black, as this will make it difficult for drivers to spot your child on the street. Also, consider attaching an identification card into your child’s costume so that in case they do get lost, they can be easily be identified.
5. Avoid Masks
Have your child wear face paint instead of a mask. With a mask, your child’s field of vision might become obstructed. It’s important that your child has a clear view when crossing streets.
5. Communicate with your child
Review the following rules with your child before they go trick-o-treating:
- Never enter a stranger’s home or car
- Don’t wander alone and avoid poorly lit areas
- Refrain from eating the candy until it has been checked
- Stay on the sidewalk and avoid walking on the main streets
- Always use crosswalks and take extra precaution by looking both ways before crossing
By following these safety tips, you and your child can look forward to a Halloween night that is both safe and enjoyable.