Safe Trick or Treating

Trick or treat night is fun for both kids and parents. There is only one night of the year that parents allow their children to go out at night and ring the doorbells at stranger’s houses. Kids enjoy it because they get to dress up collect lots of candy, while parents love to see their kids dolled up in their costumes and may even look forward to sneaking a handful or two of the candy that their children collect.

Along with Halloween comes a list of safety measures, too. Here is our list of suggestions to ensure that you all have a happy and safe Trick or Treat night:

  • Always make sure that your children are accompanied by an adult. Sometimes, parents gather a group of children together and take turns in certain neighborhoods. Make sure that there are enough adults to keep an eye on all of the children in the group.
  • Stay in areas where there are a lot of lighted houses, like subdivisions. This will not only ensure safety, but your kids will also get more out of trick or treating in the least amount of time.
  • Tell your kids not to eat their treats until they are at home and you have taken the time to inspect them. Some parents use this as the opportune time to pick out the candies that they want to confiscate for themselves!
  • Give your child a flashlight or a glow stick to carry or adorn their costume with reflective tape. This not only makes them visible to cars, but it also makes it easier for you to watch them, too.
  • Make sure your kid’s masks are not obstructive, their hems are not to long, and their shoes are ties tightly. There will be a lot of walking near or across streets, so eliminate all possible tripping and vision issues.
  • If your kids are old enough to go out trick or treating without adult supervision, give them a cell phone, have them map out a plan of where they will be, and make sure that they will be trick or treating with a group of other responsible kids. Explain trick or treating safety and dangers and only let them go out without adults if you are sure that they are ready to take on the responsibility.

Talk to your children about the dangers and safety procedures of Halloween and trick or treating, no matter what age they are. Make sure that they understand that all of the rules and why the rules are made. Happy Halloween, everyone! We hope you have a safe and enjoyable night of fun!