Whether you’re a vampire, witch, goblin or ghoul being safe is of the utmost importance this Halloween. These ten easy steps can help you have a fun, safe Halloween.
1. Have adult supervision - Accompany your kids if you don’t think they’re old enough to trick-or-treat on their own. There is safety in numbers, so the larger the group, the safer you the kids are. Adult supervision is best, but if that doesn’t work, send cell phones.
2. Make sure Cell Phones are fully charged and programed with all important phone numbers. Set alarms on the phone to ring every hour to remind the kids to text or call home in between the candy gathering. This way everyone knows where everyone is, and there is no need for worry.
3. Establish Boundaries - Make sure everyone is clear as to where the Trick-or-Treat boundaries are. Clearly map it out . Designate where the route is before you begin Trick-or-Treating, and make sure you stick to it. Have your kids trick-or-treat in areas where there are lots of people around and they should avoid short-cuts through alleys or parking lots.
4. Trick-or-Treat friendly homes. How do you know which ones are friendly? Only visit houses where the porch light is on and teach your children to NEVER go inside any of the houses while trick-or-treating. They can get their candy from the porch.
5. Say NO to strangers – Even though this is a fun holiday where we visit unfamiliar houses and ask for candy, please teach your children to never accept a ride or go anywhere with a stranger. If an adult needs help, they can ask another adult for help. Also teach your children to never approach a car to accept candy. Houses Only.
6. Be Seen – Dress your kids in a bright costume so others can see them. Cars are not used to having little ones running across the streets so its important to make sure the trick-or-treaters can be seen. If their costume is dark, have your kids wear reflective tape on their backs or carry a glow stick or flashlight. You can also give them glow-in-the-dark bags. Make sure their costumes are not so long that they are constantly tripping on them. Remember in this case shorter is better!
7. Don’t Cover the Face - This sounds old fashioned, but masks inhibit the ability for kids to see. Instead use makeup and fun hats to get the point of the costume across.
8. Check the Treats – Before pigging out on all that candy collected, make sure that an adult goes over the treats. Throw out any candy that is not wrapped, is not in its original wrappers or looks to have been tampered with. Lastly, make sure you collect the Mommy/Daddy Tax. Your favorite candy donated to you lovingly by your off-spring.
9. Obey the Law – Encourage your kids to follow all the regular “walking” laws such as crossing the street in designated cross-walks, looking both ways before crossing and obeying all traffic laws. This will ensure they not only have a good time, but do it safely.
10. Don’t forget to have fun and take a picture. Or two! Most phones come with a camera, so make sure to capture the little tricksters for future generations to mock… I mean look at lovingly.
Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween!