Halloween is such an exciting time for kids. The thrill of dressing up in a costume, staying up late, and of course getting loads of free candy! They probably look forward to this day almost as much as Christmas. However, as parents, it’s imperative we help make sure our children’s Halloween is not only a fun evening, but more importantly a safe one. With that being said, here are 9 tips for safe trick-or-treating.
- “There’s power in numbers.” This phrase is especially true when trick-or-treating at night. So be sure to avoid walking alone and walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- When walking in groups, try to keep the kids from running. I know it’s close to impossible, but it’s dark, which makes it hard to see tripping hazards like steps, stumps, and even their own feet. Each year I’ve witnessed a child fall that has resulted in a ruined costume and/or bloody appendage. Not a happy ending for the crying child or the parents.
- Watch out for cars. While this seems like a no-brainer, it often times needs to be reemphasized.
- Look both ways before crossing the street. So kids, don’t just dart out and cross the street.
- Stay on sidewalks, and if there aren’t any, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Cross the street at the corners. Use crosswalks if available.
- Check out all the treats in the children’s goodie bags. Be on the lookout for possible choking hazards and any items that may have been tampered with. Also, stick to only factory-wrapped candies and make any homemade treats they receive from strangers off-limits. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Limit the candy. Kids are on an extreme high already from the excitement of the evening so be sure to limit their candy intake. Don’t just let them disappear into the house with their bag full of sweet loot. I’ve seen it happen and trust me it always ends poorly, usually resulting in a child literally bouncing off the walls or throwing up – neither are positive outcomes.
- Only visit homes that are well-lit and avoid the homes that are dark. Also, as a sign of respect, please don’t ring doorbells after 9:00pm. It’s just rude. People are done handing out candy and young kids are in bed.
What recommendations do you have to keep your friends and family safe while trick-or-treating this Halloween? Share them in the comments!