Trick-or-treating is one of the best parts of Halloween, but we need to take precautions to ensure that our children are safe. When I was little, I was trick-or-treating with my friend around her neighborhood. A guy wearing a mask came out of the woods, pointed a gun, and grabbed my friend. Luckily, we were able to get away before anyone got hurt. Before you take your kids trick-or-treating this Halloween, consider these 5 Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips.
5 Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips:
Never Allow Kids to Go Trick-or-Treating Alone
Even if you think that your neighborhood is safe and your children are old enough to go trick-or-treating by themselves, walk along with them to ensure their safety. There are a lot of people walking and driving around on Halloween, and it is better to keep your eyes on your children and make sure that they are protected.
Choose Costumes and Masks That Fit Properly
You want to make sure that costumes fit snugly so that they don’t get caught on anything. You also want to hem costumes that are too long so that your child doesn’t trip. When it comes to masks, you want to make sure your child can see out of it well enough to walk around safely. If the mask makes it hard to see, your child may trip and fall.
Candy Should Not Be Eaten Until It’s Checked
Explain to your children that candy should not be eaten until you’ve checked it. Go through the candy and make sure it has not been tampered with and the wrappers are sealed. If your child has allergies, buy extra candy that is safe for him or her to eat. When you are going through and checking your child’s candy, trade the pieces that he or she can’t eat with the allergy-free candy.
Carry A Flashlight or Glow Stick
There are a lot of people driving around neighborhoods on Halloween. Those drivers may have a difficult time seeing your child especially if he or she is wearing a dark costume. Have your child carry a flashlight or glow stick so not only your child can see where he or she is walking but so drivers can see your child crossing the street too. If your child has trouble carrying a flashlight, look for the glow sticks that can be worn around the neck.
Keep Kids Warm
If you live in an area where the temperature and weather can be unpredictable at the end of October, make sure that your child’s costume is warm. Long johns, tights, gloves, and hats can all be worn under a costume and are a great way to keep your child from getting too cold.
Trick-or-treating should be a fun experience that you child remembers for a lifetime. Before you head out the door, consider these 5 Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips to ensure your child has a safe and Happy Halloween.