Some parents feel comfortable allowing their kids to trick-or-treat alone. If you think your child is old enough and knows their way around the neighborhood, it can be a great test of independence.
Practice making a route and planning it with your kids while they’re young and you’re still accompanying them. Get creative and make your own map for them to follow and lead the way!
When they’re old enough to go on their own, let them make their own plan and present it to you for approval. Consider designating check-in times for them to let you know they’re okay, make sure they haven’t lost anything, or anyone. For this, we recommend sending a cell phone with them. Hint: Stick it in their candy bag to avoid it getting lost. We all know they won’t lose that!
If you want to track them more closely, download an app on the smartphone you send them with to check their whereabouts at any time. They’ll stay safe, and you won’t have to worry about being an overbearing parent.
If you’re really invested, you can use a GPS tracker to keep an eye on your kids year-round.
Lastly, set a curfew. We recommend children should be home by 9:30 p.m.