If your household is anything like mine trick or treating has been a hot topic lately. In years past my kids have been small enough to push in a stroller. They are usually scared of other costumes and want to stay close to me. This year they have been requesting more freedom and longer trick or treating hours. Keeping that in mind I have been trying to find a way to let them loose a little bit while also keeping my sanity about their safety. Here is a list of some safety tips to keep your kid’s safe this holiday while also allowing them to have a great night.
– Plan out a route in advance. Drive through your route during the day and check for anything that could ruin trick or treating such as construction or other obstacles.
– Set rules and discuss them completely with your kids before the big night. Waiting until 5 minutes before you head out will likely result in your words getting lost in the excitement.
– Carry or wear something lit, like a flashlight or glow sticks to keep them visible to you or others on the road.
– Make sure your child’s costume is comfortable and safe. Costumes that drag the ground or make bathroom breaks misery could make for a bad night. Also, mask that don’t allow good visibility or breathing can cause discomfort and lack of enjoyment for the kids.
– Only trick or treat at houses that are well lit.
– Use crosswalks and traffic signals. Be aware of traffic and if possible, stay off electronic devices.
– If possible trick or treat with your children. Even older kids still need some supervision and while you don’t have to stay at their side, being on the same street with them can provide them with security and allow you to watch for any potential dangers.
– Inspect candy before allowing your kids to indulge. It is a sad world we live in when this has to be done but it really does. You do not want your kid to be the unfortunate one to fall victim to people’s cruelty. Check all the candy before eating it!!
– Feed kids a healthy, filling meal before heading out and make sure they stay hydrated.
– Make sure your yard is free of any objects that could cause safety issues for trick or treaters. Put away hoses, tools, cords, etc. that can be hard to see in the dark
– If you are driving always drive slow and alert. Kids are unpredictable and can dash out in the street with zero warning. Take your time and be careful.
– Don’t trick or treat after 9 p.m. this is a general rule for most places in the U.S. and practical for little ones who will be tired anyway.
Have fun, stay safe, and Happy Halloween!!
Grace was born and brought up in Bessemer, Alabama but has a great love for exploring new places. She has been married for 8 years and has 3 kids, expecting number 4 in December. Having been a student off and on for the last 10 years she is excited to say that she is finally graduating from BYU-Idaho with a degree in Marriage and Family Counseling this year. She loves to learn and share what she learns with as many people as possible. Strengthening and encouraging positive relationships with couples and families is a life goal and passion. Her biggest hobby is her family and finding new and fun ways to accomplish the above life goal in her home.