Halloween is a very exciting time of year for children, and in their exhilaration it’s easy for them to forget about safety. A few rules and easy preparation will keep you from having to constantly worry about their well-being while they have fun trick-or-treating. Here are some tips on how to help ensure your child’s safe return on Halloween night.
Young children should NEVER be allowed to go door-to-door alone. If the child is old enough to go out alone, make sure they completely understand the rules (and reasoning) before they leave.
Plan a route in a well-known neighborhood and set a time for older children to return home. Stay away from dark houses, and never enter the home of a person you don’t know.
Stay in groups- if you are with a group of young children, there should be enough adults to keep track of them at all times. Older children should know to stay in groups and to stay in well-populated areas. Remind your children how important it is that they don’t wander off alone. Teach them your cell phone number and 9-1-1 just in case you get separated.
Costumes should fit well and masks should not impair vision (tip–use face paint whenever possible instead of a mask). Costumes (including wigs, capes, etc.) should be flame resistant. Avoid accessories that could be dangerous…e.g. sharp swords, knives, etc.
Always carry a flashlight (don’t forget to replace the batteries), and supply children with glowsticks. Reflective tape should be put on costumes and candy bags.
Always stay on sidewalks if available, otherwise walk on the side of the road facing traffic. Never cut across yards, fields, or through alleys. Teach children to look both ways before crossing the street and use crosswalks when possible.
Candy should never be consumed before you or an adult family member have been able to check it. Throw away any unwrapped candy or homemade treats.
We, at Tender Loving Kare, wish you a safe and Happy Halloween!