For those of you that have little ones or grandchildren that will be trick or treating tonight it is not too late to add in a few safety measures. These extra easy and small steps will keep your kids safer and hopefully ensure your sanity.
Halloween Safety Tips:
- Make sure your childs costume does not block their field of vision and they can actually see where they are walking. Otherwise only have them put on their cute little masks at the neighbors door instead of while walking.
- Some reflective tape is easy to attach to the BACK of your childs costume they won’t notice it keeping the whining/complaining down about you ruining their masterpiece 🙂 …Though it will allow you to pick your child out of the crowd much easier if they are sprinting ahead of you with the rest of the kids, not to mention be much easier for cars to see them.
- You can find cheap glow sticks at most grocery and retail stores, most of them either come with a lanyard or have a slot for a string. Let those little ones get excited about the COOL glowing necklace they have.
- Let the kids take that flashlight they always want to play with. Just advise them not to flash it at cars driving by. You’d be surprised how excited kids get to have their very own flashlight to use for the night.
- I hear others advising 13 years old or younger should ALWAYS have a parent with them while trick or treating. (Of course as a Mom I think it should be 25 or younger with parent supervision, Ha!)
- Have the children walk on the sidewalk facing traffic, only crossing the street at corners, intersections and crosswalks where able.
- PARENTS: Remember how worried you are about the safety of your own children when driving tonight! Take it slow and steady with absolutely no distractions, NONE! If that phone texts, or rings let it go to voice-mail until you can pull over. Enjoy those Halloween parties, but maybe pass on that 2nd drink offer children are way to much of a blessing to take any chances tonight. It’s OK to be paranoid driving tonight!!!
- CANDY: Don’t let those kids have any until each and every piece is checked thoroughly by YOU. So prep those kids before going out so they have no other expectations, maybe put a couple pieces of your own candy in your pocket to give your kids while trick or treating so they don’t feel left out when the other kids are diving into their bags. Parents check every piece of candy in that bag…Do it with your kids so they know what to look for as well, give them that extra piece of candy as motivation if they find suspicious pieces of candy and throw it out. If you are unsure of any candy dump it. Any puncture marks, partially torn open, a bit old looking, candy you don’t recognize, and any homemade goodies from neighbors you don’t know. I use this time to get rid of all the really bad over sugary candy, or candy that might be a choking hazard as well. (Don’t forget to grab a couple pieces of your favorites mom and dad before unleashing the kids as you know it will be gone before you blink, Ha!)
- Take the kids trick or treating into neighborhoods you feel safe and are comfortable with. If you are not so sure about your own neighborhood drive the kids over to that NEW development of homes up the road, those new neighbors LOVE having trick or treater’s after moving in for the first time.
- Get a group of parents together that way the kids can all walk together as well. Groups are easier seen by motorists, and you can get in some adult conversation and fellowship while enjoying the night and keeping the kids safe.
- If you are not sure where to take the kids that you would feel safe, Remember Churches, Community Centers, Shopping Malls usually have a Halloween festival or safe place for kids to go as an alternative. They are just as fun, you don’t have to be members and you can get to know others in your community while relaxing knowing that your children are safe.
- Always REPORT anything that seems suspicious to local police, let them determine if it needs investigating or not.
- Overall REMEMBER to Have Fun! If you are too stressed out, your kids will feel it as well and we definitely don’t want to hamper there fun, exciting experience.
Please share these Halloween Safety Tips with friends & family. I hope these tips help you stay safe, keep those precious little ones safe and you are ALL able to have a wonderful and spooky evening together! God Bless ~Erin Howard
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