October is here and with that means a lot of major holidays are just around the corner, including Halloween. If you have children who are still at the age where tick-or-treating is a top priority, it is important to keep a few things in mind in order to keep ensure everyone is being safe and having fun!
The following are a few helpful Halloween safety tips to keep in mind:
- Parents should always be with young children when they are trick-or-treating.
- If your children are a bit older and don’t need a parent, be sure that they stick together in a group at all times.
- Know the neighborhoods your children will be visiting.
- Make sure at least one child in the group has a cell phone in the event of an emergency.
- Do not allow children to venture off into neighborhoods you are unfamiliar with or are uncomfortable with.
- Set a curfew to make sure your children are home safely by a specific time.
- Children should always use sidewalks where they are available.
- Make sure the children understand they are to never enter someone’s home unless it is a friend’s house.
- Never accept a ride from anyone or get in a car with a stranger.
- Only visit homes that have lights on that are clearly welcoming trick-or-treaters.
- Check all pieces of candy and food before allowing your child to eat them.
- Always have a flashlight with you or with your child’s group.
- Children’s costumes should be bright enough to see in the dark or have reflective tape on them.
- Children should be dressed appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
- If the costume involves wearing a mask, make sure the child can see clearly out of the eye holes before leaving the house.
- If you are a home owner who is expecting trick-or-treaters, make sure your house is brightly lit and all walkways and stairs are clear. Never invite a child into your home unless it is a family friend.
Whether you are married, separated, divorced, or a single parent; clear communication when it comes to a child’s safety should always be a top priority for everyone to be able to have fun and enjoy the holiday.