Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

Halloween

Who doesn’t love Halloween?  It is my favorite holiday of the year, but it doesn’t come without its pitfalls and issues.  As Halloween is just a few short weeks away, you who have children know how anxious and excited they get to dress up and go trick-or-treating. Children don’t always understand the dangers associated with going door to door and asking for candy from people they don’t know well. Take a look at some safety tips that might help you and your children be safer this year while trick-or-treating.

-Only visit well-lit homes. Most likely homes that are dark means they don’t want trick-or-treat visitors, and you don’t want your kids to be disappointed with not receiving a treat.

-Never accept rides from strangers. Make sure you your children are aware that they should never get into a strangers car or near a car that is offering candy unless there is a group of cars in a designated area passing out candy.

-Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats by strangers. Take the time after your children get home to inspect their treats and take anything out that looks questionable.

-Don’t let your children go trick-or-treating alone. If they aren’t going with you make sure they are with a group.

-Make a designated route for your children to stay on if they are going out without you. This way you will know where they will be if you need to find them.

-Tell your children to never go inside someone’s home.

-Have a set time for your children to be home from trick-or-treating.

-Let your child borrow a cell phone so they can check up regularly with you to make sure everything is okay.

-Don’t go to neighborhoods or homes you don’t know.

-Have a “What if?” conversation with your child to make sure they feel prepared. For example ask “what would you do if someone bigger took your candy?”

-Make sure your child can be seen. Add reflection tape to your child’s costume or have them carry a flashlight.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween!