Halloween is an exciting day of the year for children of all ages and it can even be a lot of fun for parents too. Seeing children get excited about dressing up in their costumes and going trick-or-treating is nothing short of heartwarming. As a parent, it is easy to spend time thinking about different ways to keep kids safe when doing special activities like trick-or-treating. Today, we will break down some important trick-or-treating safety tips. 🎃
Accompany Younger Children 👍🏼
It is recommended that parents always accompany children who are under the age of 12 when trick-or-treating. By being present with your children you can keep an eye out for any safety hazards and help keep them out of harm's way.
Check Candy Before Eating It 🍬
You should definitely take some time to check your child’s candy supply ahead of time before they begin to eat any. If you notice any candy wrappers that are torn, damaged, or questionable in any way you’ll want to make sure to take these out. Try to get your child to refrain from snacking on their candy while trick-or-treating by feeding them a full meal beforehand. This way you will have the opportunity to check their candy at home before they eat any.
Stay in Residential Areas 🏡
Always trick-or-treat in low traffic, residential areas. Neighborhoods with a lot of other families, sidewalks, and minimal vehicular traffic are ideal for trick-or-treating. Always keep an eye out for erratic drivers and teach your children to do the same. Stay in well-lit areas and bring a flashlight along just in case.
Travel as a Group 👨👩👧👧
You may feel safer if you have more people in your trick-or-treating group to come along with you. See if any other families would like to join in with yours for trick-or-treating because traveling as a group can often be safer. By having more parents with you it can be easier to keep track of the children and to look out for any dangerous situations.
Establish Family Rules 😎
Once your kids reach an age when they can go trick-or-treating without you, you’ll want to establish some firm boundaries and rules for trick-or-treating. Determine a set curfew for trick-or-treating and make sure you are aware of exactly where your child will be and who they will be with. You may want to plan a check-in call if your older child has a phone that they can use to contact you, so that you can know they are safe.
Trick-or-treating is a super fun activity that all kids should get the pleasure of enjoying. By taking some time to consider a few safety precautions, you can ensure a safe and fun Halloween for everyone in your family. 🎃🥰