If your little ghouls and witches enjoy celebrating Halloween and trick-or-treating, you are probably gearing up for a frightfully good time with them. Before you start helping them choose their costumes or planning out your activities, however, it would be wise to review a few safety precautions first to ensure their trick-or-treating adventures do not turn into a horror story.
Stay Safe on this Spooky Night
Your children probably have a few costume ideas, but it is your duty as their parent to ensure their costume choices will not jeopardize their safety. If possible, try to include some bright or reflective colors, so they are visible to drivers on the road. If bright colors do not fit the color palette for their costume, make sure they carry a glow stick or flashlight. Costumes should also be short enough to prevent tripping accidents.
Here are some other important Halloween safety tips:
- Children under the age of 12 should never go trick-or-treating without a trusted adult. If your children are mature enough and old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult chaperone, make sure they stay in a group and keep to familiar areas.
- If your children have cell phones or other devices, tell them to keep their head up while walking. Staring down at a phone while crossing the street is a major safety risk.
- Stick to well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. You cannot assume all drivers on the road are paying attention or looking out for small children.
- Before heading out for a night of trick-or-treating with the kids, go over some rules with them. Make sure they understand not to run out into the road or to cross between parked cars. Tell them to only knock on doors with porch lights on and to never enter a home or a car for Halloween treats. Lastly, instruct them to never accept anything that is homemade, such as brownies or cupcakes.
- Do not let your children eat any candy until they return home. You need to examine their sugary loot, especially if they have any allergies. It might be a little difficult for them to exercise willpower during their quest for candy, but let them know it will be worth the wait.
- Of course, although you want your children to enjoy their winnings, do not let them overdo it. Prepare a healthy meal for them before they go trick-or-treating, so they are less inclined to binge on candy.
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