Trick-or-treating safety tips ?
Do you remember the excitement you felt during Halloween as a kid? What’s not to love? You can wear whatever you want, stay up late, and overload on candy. Actually, that’s a pretty sweet deal at any age. But all of the excitement on Halloween night can cause your little monster to get distracted. Follow these safety tips so you can ensure Halloween is filled with more fun than fright!
Provide parental supervision
Get dressed up and go trick-or-treating with your kids. Not only is it a great family activity, but parental guidance is essential for your little goblins and ghouls. You could get together with a group of other parents and make a night of it. Minimize cell phone use to photo ops of the kids (and a selfie or two), but don’t let it distract you.
Once kids reach a certain age, they usually want to ditch the parental units. Sorry, mom! Older kids should travel together. Make sure that you approve their travel route, set a curfew, and check in regularly.
Follow the rules of the road
Although your little one may be dressed as their favorite superhero, be sure they aren’t displaying their supernatural speeds (or other superpowers) near traffic. Teach them to stick to the sidewalks and crosswalks, and always wait for parents before crossing any streets. For areas without a sidewalk, stay to the far edge of the road, facing traffic.
Double check candy
We’ve all heard the story about the malevolent stranger hiding poison or sharp objects in candy and distributing to kids on Halloween (and if you haven’t, here’s your Halloween scare). This is most likely just an urban myth, but I’m not taking any chances. Once you’re home, pour all of your child’s candy on the floor and check for quality assurance. Heck, eat one or two pieces to be extra cautious. The sacrifices you make for your children are innumerable.
Expert tip: Only visit houses that are well lit with jack-o-lanterns on display, they usually have the best candy! Avoid unknown houses with the porch light off. Also, never go inside a house if invited, just stay on the porch.
Dress your kids to impress
Wearing a costume is half the fun of the Halloween season. Make sure your child’s costume fits well. Costumes that are too big or drag on the floor could be a tripping hazard. Also, if a mask is part of your child’s outfit, make sure it doesn’t block your child’s vision.
In case you needed another reason to wear neon, Halloween is a great opportunity to get your glow on. Wear bright colors or glow sticks to be sure you and your child can be seen clearly by drivers. If you don’t have a glow stick handy, a flashlight works just as well.
Be extra cautious while driving
While we’re on the topic of driving, will you be on the road? Drivers should be extra careful, as the streets can be especially chaotic near neighborhoods. Stay off the roads if you can, but if you must drive, take things much slower than usual and watch for children darting between cars without looking.
May your night be filled with terror (but the good kind)
The thrill of Halloween night can factor into accidents happening, so it’s important to take extra precautions. Put these tips into practice so you’ll avoid any unwelcome Halloween scares, and enjoy all the tricks and treats that the holiday has to offer.
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Bonus: Trick-or-treating checklist: ✅
- Trick-or-Treating bag
- Glow sticks or flashlight
- Reflective strips or tape
- Emergency contact card
- Well-fitting costume
- Warm clothes
- Comfy shoes
- First aid kit
- Cell phone
- Trick-or-Treat travel route
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