Keeping my kids safe on Halloween is the concern that haunts me most when the ghouls come out. I know that although it is a fun holiday, it is important for parents to be conscious of some dangers that do exist on this special night. Having been a mom for many years now, I think I might have it down and am willing to share. Here are some “rules” that I follow as I prepare for the festivities and as we trick or treat. Have a safe and fun Halloween.
Make Sight a Priority on Halloween
I always make sure that my little monsters can see well, even if it compromises their costume. It is dark on Halloween night and your children will be maneuvering through yards that they may not necessarily be familiar with. You want them to have optimal vision.
Halloween Costumes: Well Fitting Attire Only
As I plan what costumes my children will wear, I try to keep in mind that it is often cold and sometimes rainy on Halloween night. You, as well, might want to make sure your kiddies are dressed in layers and that they do not have anything on that will make walking difficult. Give them bags to carry that will not tear or rip or cause a distraction as they wander door to door.
Accompany Children as they Trick or Treat
For me, it is an imperative that my elementary and even early middle school children always be accompanied by an adult on Halloween, preferably a parent if possible. I make sure they only go to doors that seem inviting and keep track of where they are at every turn, which isn’t always easy in the dark and chaos! If you, as well, value this priority, you might want to bring a flashlight to ensure optimal vision. If your child is older and going out with friends, have a buddy system in place and make sure your son or daughter is with other kids you trust and know to be responsible. Make sure they understand the dangers of pulling Halloween pranks, and discourage them from mischievous activity — for their own safety and that of others. Give them a phone to carry and remain in contact with them throughout the night.
Review Halloween Goodies Before Consumption
I remember from childhood my parents were always warning us about tampered with treats. Before your child eats his or her loot, make sure you go through the bag, being especially discerning about anything homemade. Candy should be store bought, in individual wrappers and unopened.
Go Where you Know on Halloween
Lastly, I always go trick or treating in a neighborhood I know to be safe. I stay away from areas that are high traffic or on main roads, or which are easy to lose sight of my children in. I can tell you from experience that if your child scares easily, you may consider avoiding haunted houses or places where there may be frightening decorations. Always be weary of strangers and educate your children beforehand on keeping close and being safe.