Halloween is a time that kids look forward to, almost as much as Christmas. I mean who wouldn’t love a day that is all about you dressing up as someone or something else and getting candy in return? While Halloween is often a time of fun and excitement for children, it is often a time for worry and fear for parents, especially in today’s world with all the clown attacks and abductions.
Knowing how to keep your children safe is paramount, but it is also important for you to talk to your children so they understand why you are doing the things you are doing. These Halloween safety tips are important to keep in mind no matter what age your child is.
- Do not let young children go trick or treating alone. If you have a teen who wants to go alone, make sure they are in an area you know well and they are with a group of friends.
- If your child is old enough to go out without an adult have an agreed upon time for them to come home or have them check in periodically via text.
- If possible go to community trick-or-treat events. For example, some zoos have trick-or-treats that are safe, there are local haunted houses, and there are small communities that will have trick-or-treat and have police patrolling the area and keeping traffic out when possible and so on. Looking for community events like these can help alleviate some of the worry about where your child is and what they are doing.
- Make sure children know to never go inside a house for candy unless it is someone they know.
- Be safe when crossing streets and make sure to obey signs and walk in crosswalks. Make sure to look both ways and hold children’s hands when crossing the road.
- Stay on sidewalks when possible.
- Have children leave phones in their pockets unless they need to get in touch with you so they are paying attention to things around them and their view isn’t obstructed.
- Use reflective tape when possible. You can put it on treat bags, backs of costumes, hats, and so on to help your child be seen by drivers. Glow sticks are another great alternative if reflective tape can’t be used.
- Make sure costumes are the correct size to prevent trips and falls.
- Check all your child’s candy when you get home before allowing your child to eat it. If the package looks ripped or damaged in any way throw it out, you can’t be too cautious.
Keeping your child safe is the easiest way to have a stress-free and fun Halloween and that is what it’s all about.
Did I miss anything? What do you do to keep your kids safe during Halloween?