Creepy costumes, chilling decorations, our favorite candy-filled night is just around the corner. Here are some simple tips to make sure everyone stays safe and happy this Halloween.
It's hard to believe that Halloween is a few short weeks away. Halloween has always been a fun time for our family to get dressed up and act silly. When Little J was a baby, we stayed at home and passed out candy. It was always exciting to seeing those cute little faces show up at the front door; eager to get to the goodies. But now that Little J is older, we like to get out there and go trick-or-treating as a family. However, it's not lost on me that times have changed.
As a child of the 80's, it wasn't unusual for my sister and I to go trick or treating by ourselves. Flash forward 20 years, and those days of unsupervised trick-or-treating has long since passed. If your family is one of the many who goes trick-or-treating, there are some things you should consider doing to remain safe throughout the night.
Here are three trick or treating safety tips that we practice every year that you may find useful:
1. Plan your route in advanceEven if you’re just planning on going around your neighborhood, it’s very helpful to plan your route in advance. You should also tell a friend or family member who is not going with you, what your planned route is. This will be helpful if there are any emergencies along the way.
2. Don’t go aloneIt’s always a great idea to go as a group, even if you’re not planning on being out at night. Children should never go alone and you should always have enough adults to handle the number of small children you’re bringing. It’s easy for someone to run off or run out into the street. And speaking from experience, it can be a heart-attack inducing moment.
3. Wear reflective gear/clothingIt’s also important to wear lights or reflective gear and clothing when you’re out late. Even if it’s not completely dark yet, you could be hard for motorists to see.
4. Carry flashlights or glow sticksOne of the thrills of Halloween is getting to stay out late, and the candy of course, but being outside late at night also makes it difficult for drivers to see you. Keep your kiddos safe by making sure they all have flashlights or glowsticks. Toss a few glowsticks in their candy bucket, to make sure they keep up with them, Because after all, what kids is going to go anywhere without their candy?
5. ALWAYS check your kids candy before they eat itThis can be especially difficult if you have sneaky kids (like Little J) that like to pocket candy before the inspection.
Are there any Halloween or trick-or-treating safety tips that you and your family practice on Halloween night? Sound off in the comment section below.
Until next time,