It’s not too long until kids will transform into their favorite characters and head out with a bag ready to be filled with candy. On this fun holiday, it’s still important to keep some safety tips in mind so it stays a fun evening for all the little goblins.
Check out these 15 tips to help you and your child have a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience on Halloween.
1. Glow sticks and flashlights are always a good idea. Many of today’s Halloween costumes can be supplemented with some sort of lighted material that will make the child stand out in the street.
2. Always have your child travel in a group.
3. Remind your child never to enter the home or car of a stranger, even when invited.
4. Remind your child not to eat any of the treats until they return home so it can be inspected. In the dark of night, it may be difficult to notice if a wrapper has been tampered with.
5. Talk to your child about the route they will be walking. In the event you need to locate them, you will have a better idea of where they might be. Remind them never to stray from the route agreed upon.
6. It’s OK to have your child check in. If your child has a cell phone, make arrangements for them to call home at pre-planned intervals to report their location.
7. If your child is under 12-years-old, they should be accompanied by an adult. For older children who wish to venture out without an adult, make sure they travel in groups and stay in well-lit areas.
8. It is a good rule of thumb that if a house does not have their lights on, they are not inviting trick-or-treaters.
9. If you are welcoming trick-or-treaters to your home, make sure you keep a well lit and clear walk way for your guests to travel to your door.
10. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
11. You can purchase reflective tape at most hardware stores. This would be a good idea to add to costumes and to bags.
12. Find out if your town has a curfew and make sure your children are aware of it in order to avoid any problems.
13. Most convenience stores and other shops do not like when people enter their stores with masks on being Halloween or not. Make sure your children know to take off any masks if they were to enter one of these locations.
14. Tell your child not to cut through somebody’s property or to cut through an ally. This could be a dangerous situation and also the property owners may not appreciate the intrusion.
15. Make sure that your children use the traffic signal crossing and teach them to make eye contact with the driver when crossing so that both the driver and child are aware that the child is crossing.
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Written by Tom Patire
Tom Patire is America's Leading Personal Safety Expert®. A top selling author and keynote speaker, Tom is dedicated to educating people about personal safety. Learn more