Essential Halloween Trick or Treating Safety Tips

Halloween is a time of excitement for children, and is it any wonder? They get to run around the streets after dark, dress up in scary costumes, paint fake blood all over themselves, and eat copious amounts of candy. For parents, however, it is not always fun and games. Sending children trick or treating can leave many parents as a bundle of nerves, and they may even opt not to let their children out. However, by implementing a few simple safety tips parents’ worry can be minimised and children can enjoy the night.Safety in NumbersOne of the easiest ways to ensure children stay safe whilst trick or treating is to ensure they go out in groups. It is unlikely that anyone will be lurking in the shadows to snatch an unsuspecting child amidst the chaos, but it is better to be safe than sorry.Accompanied by an Adult When Trick or Treating
Many children will kick up a fuss if they hear an adult is coming along to trick or treat with them for fear they will spoil all the fun. Parents can ease this by dressing up too, or enlisting the help of a teenage sibling. While older children in a group will be okay, younger children particularly children aged younger than 10 should be accompanied by an adult. They may actually end up scared by other noisy children running around in costumes and can easily be upset by older children or particularly grumpy adults.Knock Where You KnowHaving children stick to trick or treating at houses they know will ensure they get a warm response and not a telling off. Knowing that children are on a particular route and knocking at houses where people know them will also ease the worry of parents and make it easier to track them down if they do get over-excited and stray from the route.Respect Others on Halloween
Although it is unfathomable to children, many adults don’t like Halloween. Understandably, screaming children knocking on their door all night expecting treats is not everybody’s cup of tea. Numerous elderly people in particular find Halloween frightening as it reinforces their vulnerability. Many people will put signs on their doors stipulating that they do not want trick or treaters, and these people are likely to be known of around the neighbourhood.Children must be told to respect the wishes of these people rather than egging their windows. Halloween is not an excuse for antisocial behaviour, and bothering people who do not wish to participate can lead to conflict between neighbours.Strangers are Still StrangersOne of the first things children are often taught is not to talk to strangers. This rule is thrown out the window on Halloween with the only thing on children’s minds being treats. However, just as in every day life, not everyone is friendly. Children should be strictly instructed not to go inside the houses of adults they do not know, regardless of what is promised.Check the CandyThis last step may seem to cross the line to paranoia. It is not necessary to analyse the make-up of each piece of candy with a microscope, but a quick check over the candy children bring home is a good idea. Pieces that are not wrapped could be anything and could be years old, they are best thrown away. This is particularly important for children with allergies.

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