Halloween is right around the corner! It’s a time of dressing up like super heroes, parties, and sugar rushes. But, in addition to all the fun, it’s important for kids and parents to stay safe. So while everyone is out pillaging the streets for the best candy, here are some tips for everyone to follow to make sure their Halloween is only scary because of little Mikey’s devil costume.
- If you’re not going trick-or-treating with your kids, know the route they will be taking. Tell them to touch base with you every hour, whether it’s by stopping home, calling, texting, emailing, carrier pigeon…have them check in.
- It’s easy to get distracted in all of the excitement and forget that a street is still a street. Reiterate to your kids that they need to be careful when they cross a street. You know the drill — make sure to look in both directions and make sure that there are no cars coming. If the street has a stop light, wait until the cross walk light gives you the “okay to walk” signal, but still check before you cross, look both ways.
- Have your kids trick-or-treat in areas where there are a lot of people around. They should also avoid taking short-cuts through alleys and parking lots.
- If your kids will be going out at night, give them a flashlight, glow bracelet or necklace, so that they can be seen.
- Make sure treats are brought home before eating them so you can inspect them. Although the risk that your child’s Halloween candy has been tampered with is low, it never hurts to check. There is also the chance that the candy is unwrapped or spoiled, and you’d definitely want to get rid of that before it gets into the mouths of babes.
But most importantly, get out there and have fun!