Halloween is a fun time for kids. The idea of dressing up in costumes and asking people for candy leads to a night of entertainment. However, before your child goes out trick-or-treating, understand how to keep them safe so the night is more enjoyable.
1. Kids should remain in a group or with a trusted adult.
Never send your kids out to trick-or-treat by themselves. Young children should be supervised by an adult you trust. Ensure you know the person well or take them trick-or-treating yourself.
2. Carry flashlights and use reflective tape.
While the best time to take children out on Halloween is in the late afternoon or early evening, sometimes trick-or-treating continues well after dark. Placing reflective tape on your child’s costume and bags will allow drivers to easily spot them. Flashlights or glow sticks are also an option, allowing children to stand out when it becomes dark.
3. Visit well-lit houses and streets.
Ensure your child is aware to only ring the doorbell of houses with porch lights on. The front door and walkway should be well-lit. This keeps the child’s surroundings visible, preventing them from going into the yard or possibly tripping.
4. Check the candy.
Once your child is home, carefully check their treats. Candy should be completely wrapped and unopened. Homemade goods from strangers should be thrown away no matter how well-meaning the person may be. Healthy foods that are not factory packaged should be tossed. Only allow your child to eat treats you’ve checked or homemade goods from people you know and trust. Feed your child a good meal before trick-or-treating so they are not tempted to eat the candy until it is checked.
5. Wear costumes that fit.
Be sure to check your child’s costume before sending them out. Masks that don’t fit correctly can obscure vision. Clothing should fit and not be too loose so children don’t trip.
6. Cross roads with caution.
Teach your child how to cross the road. They should look both ways before crossing and should never run across the road. Children should be taught to never walk down the middle of the road and to stay close to the sides or use sidewalks when available.
7. Drive responsibly.
As an adult and driver, it is your responsibility to keep an eye out for pedestrians. Drive below the speed limit in residential areas. Don’t go around cars that have slowed down or have stopped as children may be exiting the vehicle.
Knowing how to keep your child safe, and teaching them to keep themselves safe during Halloween should be a top priority. Let them know what to do in order to keep the night fun.
Guest Content Written by Laine Carson.
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