You’ve already made sure that the house is decorated, the candy is bought, and costumes are made/purchased/cleaned; it is never too late to discuss some tips with your kids on how to be safe while out Trick or Treating.
Here are few tips before the spooky fun begins:
- Always have a responsible adult accompany smaller children
- Older kids going alone should always Trick or treat in groups; never alone!
- Bring a flashlight with you; it gets dark earlier than you think this time of year!
- Have glow sticks and/or glow necklaces available to help see where kids are at night.
- Only visit well-lit houses.
- Discuss a familiar route and set a curfew for older kids
- Never enter a house you don’t know or don’t trust.
- Never get into a car with a stranger.
- Examine candy before it is eaten.
- If you see something, say something. Tell your parent and contact local authorities of anything suspicious or dangerous.
- For Kids with cell phones/smart devices make sure that tracking is on (i.e. Find my I phone)
- Make sure all walkways are properly lit, avoid candles or any flames
- Do not leave candy outside unattended
- Keep pets inside and away from windows and doors as Trick or Treaters arrive
- Only hand out wrapped candy and try to avoid major allergens if possible (i.e.: peanut butter, nuts)
As parents, the safety of our kids is always the #1 priority! We hope that these refresher tips will help you and your kids enjoy a safe and fun Halloween!