Halloween is just around the corner and children can’t wait to get all dressed up and go trick-or-treating. In the excitement of it all, kids may be more prone to accidents. Before they go out this year, take some time to explain some safety rules. Often excited kids need to be reminded to slow down and be careful. After all we want them to have a fun, and safe, Halloween.
Tips for keeping your child safe this Halloween:
- Stay in neighborhoods you are familiar with and people you know.
- Have your child keep in your sight and not ring a doorbell if you’re not with them.
- Have your child walk rather than run to help prevent falls, especially in the street when a car may be near.
- Take a stroller for younger children to keep them from wandering into the street.
- If you haven’t already taught your child about street safety, now is a great time. Holding hands, have them help look both ways before you cross the street.
- Instruct your child to be nice to animals on the street. Tell them to not vandalize people’s houses, not even pumpkins. Some kids and teens may see Halloween as an excuse to do such things.
- It may be better to go trick-or-treating earlier before it gets too dark, especially if you have very young children. If it does get late, make sure you have flashlights.
- Caution your children not to eat any candy until you get home and can inspect it. Tell them not to pick up any candy they may find on the street.
Alternatives to Trick-or-treat
Some families look for alternatives to regular trick-or-treating. Many local malls and some stores will welcome trick-or-treaters. You don’t have to worry about busy streets or being out in the dark, however you still need to watch your children closely to ensure their safety.
Additionally many neighborhoods and chuch groups host “truck or treats.” These are typically held in a parking lot. Children can walk around to people’s trunks to collect Halloween treats. The walk is shorter and your child is more contained in one general area.
Although there are other alternatives and various Halloween events, regular door-to-door trick-or-treating will most likely remain a popular choice. However you choose to take your kids out this year – traditional trick-or-treating, at local malls/ stores, or trunk-or-treating, help them follow safety guidelines to ensure this Halloween is fun and safe, and one that will make lasting memories