7 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe and Secure on Halloween
Halloween is full of fun frights when you’re a kid, but it may actually be scarier when you’re a parent. You’ve got to choose costumes, carve pumpkins, attend haunted houses, and of course dress up your own house for the big day with Halloween decorations. While you’re leading your kids through all those fun activities, though, the most important thing is to always keep an eye on their safety. Take a look at our seven tips for Halloween planning and help keep your night a lot less “trick” and a lot more “treat”.
1. Bring a Cell Phone
If you’re going trick-or-treating with the kids, don’t forget your cell phone in case you have to quickly contact the authorities or medical personnel. If your kids are going without you, make sure there’s at least one phone in their group – but insist that they only use it for emergencies. Texting friends and posting to social media are only going to distract them when they’re out and about.
2. Avoid Baggy Costumes
Make sure all costumes are comfortable and conducive to a long trek – anything on the baggy side could lead to an accident. If a specific outfit makes this impossible, grab a few rubber bands and use them to tighten up any loose ends.
3. Trick-or-Treat In a Group
Your children are much more vulnerable when trick-or-treating alone. Make sure they’re always part of a good-sized group and, when at all possible, insist that there’s an adult there, especially if the kids are younger.
4. Carefully Inspect Candy
Once everybody gets home, take a few minutes to carefully inspect their new treasure troves. Look for anything that appears re-wrapped or tampered with, and consider avoiding things like apples entirely (or at least slicing them up). I grew up in one of the safest neighborhoods imaginable, but was shocked to find one Halloween that a sibling of mine got an apple with a small pin stuck in it. Play it ultra-safe by offering to replace any Halloween candy with store-bought treats you get yourself.
5. Stay Well Lit
Make sure there are a few flashlights in the group as well. Or, alternatively, stop by the dollar store and pick up some glow-in-the-dark sticks, at least one for each kid. They only cost a buck and can go a long way toward ensuring the safety of your children.
6. Establish a Curfew
When sending your kids out on their own, make sure you put a strict curfew in place. The last thing you want is to wait around for hours assuming they’re just running late when an accident may actually have occurred.
7. Steer Clear of Entering Homes
Haunted houses put together by your neighbors can be a ton of fun, but your kids should only enter a house with an adult. You can never be too safe, especially on a night like Halloween.
As with anything, using your common sense is always the best strategy on Halloween night. Make sure the kids obey all traffic signs and laws, stay away from any home that doesn’t look right, and if you see something suspicious in their candy bags, discard everything. It just isn’t worth the risk. Exercising good judgment is the best overall strategy to ensure a safe and secure Halloween evening with your little ones.
What other safety tips do you know of for Halloween?