If you will be taking your kids Trick-or-Treating, you not only want them to have fun going door to door stocking up on candy, but to stay safe while doing so! Keep in mind these 10 Halloween safety tips to have the best time Trick-or-Treating!
Safety Tip #1: Plan a route in advance
Trick-or-treating could take you several streets away from your house, which can cause sore legs and a bit of frustration. Avoid long paths by mapping out a route before leaving the house. Stick to paths that you and your child are familiar with to avoid getting lost.
Safety Tip #2: Wear reflective clothing
Keep your kids visible by having them wear glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets. Consider putting reflective strips on their costumes, or having them carry small flashlights. This will add a factor of safety when crossing the roads at night, as well as a way to identify them easily in the dark among other kids.
Safety Tip #3: Make an ID card for your kids
Just in case you may be separated from your child during Trick-or-Treating, having them carry a discreet identification card under their costume is advised. Download a Safety ID Card here >>
Safety Tip #4: Wear comfy shoes
Make sure you and your children are in comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Girls in dresses should avoid heels, and all shoelaces should be double-tied to avoid tripping in the dark.
Safety Tip #5: Keep costumes comfortable
Avoid costumes that drag on the ground so they don’t trip, get caught on bushes, or create a tussle. With that in mind, remember to pick costumes that are bathroom friendly!
Safety Tip #6: Establish a curfew
This is helpful if your child is going trick-or-treating without you or if you want to make sure you’re not out with the kids all night.
Safety Tip #7: Remember your cell phone
You should have your phone with you, but if your child is older and going trick-or-treating without a parent, make sure they have a cell phone as well.
Safety Tip #8: Stay hydrated
It can get hot under a costume, especially when walking long distances during Trick-or-Treating. Remember to carry with you a few bottles of water with you!
Safety Tip #9: Inspect candy before eating
Check all treats to make sure they’re sealed. Throw out candy with torn packages or holes in the packages, spoiled items, and any homemade treats that haven’t been made by someone you know.
Safety Tip #10: Keep your own home safe
Remove anything that could cause kids to trip or fall on your walkway or lawn. Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters – even if they seem harmless to you, your pet could scare small children. Make sure the lights are on outside your house, and if possible, the walkway to your door illuminated.
Have fun and keep safe! Happy Halloween!