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Are your kids gearing up to go trick-or-treating? Have you bought the costumes and the candy bags? Follow these simple tips for keeping kids safe on Halloween.
It’s all too easy to get caught up in the frenzy and chaos of Halloween. The kids are anxious to get out the door. You’re checking to see if the neighbors have started yet. You’ve split the duties so someone is taking the kids out while someone else (an older sibling or spouse, maybe) is home passing out candy to the neighborhood kids.
Don’t neglect these important Halloween safety tips. They’ll help ensure you make memories not disasters this Halloween.
Keeping Kids Safe on Halloween
Cross the street at corners.
Not only should you cross at the corners, but you and your kids should look both ways before crossing. There’s nothing scarier, for mom or the driver of a car, for a little one to dart out unexpectedly between cars parked on the street. Halloween typically brings an increase in neighborhood traffic so everyone needs to be more aware.
Trick or treat with an adult.
As parents of preschoolers, I’m sure this is a no-brainer. However, older siblings should still go out with an adult. The adult can hang behind a few houses so older kids feel more independent. I know others who follow behind in their car so kids are ‘on their own’ but still supervised.
Keep costumes safe.
Use face paint or makeup if possible to avoid masks that can obstruct your child’s vision. Make sure princess dresses aren’t too long that your little one will trip. Stick to flats and flat-soled shoes instead of shoes with heels. Wear or carry glow sticks or put a piece of reflective tape on the back of your child’s costume so that they can be seen.
Stay in areas that are familiar.
Take your children to neighborhoods you know and are familiar with. Only knock at houses with a porch light on. Unless you know the baker, don’t let your child accept homemade goods or items that aren’t commercially wrapped.
Do you have any Halloween safety tips to add?