Kids and adults alike look forward to Halloween! It’s fun dressing up in costumes,
getting candy, and making new friends. Kids, better guard that candy from your
parents though… some adults are known for stealing from the giant pumpkin!
- Always have an adult accompany the children. It is a safe deterrent for others who may be up to no good, as well as a way to enjoy the night with your little ghost or goblin.
- Plan your time. Littler ones usually go out earlier when its not so dark and scary, and keep in mind that some towns do have curfews in place.
- Plan your route with the older kids so you always know where, when, and what they are doing. Make a meeting point to check in and always make sure you and your teenager have a cell phone ready and available.
- Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening.
- Examine all the candy prior to letting your child eat it. Individaully wrapped, unopened candy is still your safest bet.
- Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a god idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them.
- Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
- Try to make trick or treating a group activity. The kids will be safer and more noticeable as a mass of little ones. And it can be more fun for the adults to have other grownups to trick or treat with as well.