The big night is almost here. Soon the streets will be filled with costumed kiddos wandering door to door with their pillowcases in hand, asking every neighbor for a trick or a treat. Halloween night is always a fun time for kids of all ages, but there are some safety concerns you’ll want to keep in mind as your kids head out to trick-or-treat. As you and your family plan out your Halloween activities, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind.
Plan Your Route In Advance
You’ll want to sit down with the kids to plan out the trick-or-treating route in advance. Not only will it help organize the evening, but you’ll also know where the kids should be at all times. That way, should you have kids that insist on going out without a parent, you can still check up on them to ensure they are safe. You can also make sure the kids aren’t heading too far from home and you’ll be much more comfortable knowing the exact route the kids are taking.
Stay Well Lit
If you’ve got a dark costume then you already know you should put some reflective tape on it, but at night time, even the brightest of costumes can be hard to see. It’s best to bring a flashlight along on the trick-or-treat route with you, that way you can always point it where you need to see. However, you’ll also want to make sure that your kids are easily spotted in the dark by using reflective material and brighter colors, that way you can ensure anyone driving near them will have no problem seeing that there are children in the area.
Dress For the Weather
Whether you live in a colder climate or you’re just preparing for a bit of rain, the weather on Halloween night can always be pretty unpredictable. Dress with the weather in mind, which may mean you’ll need a jacket over that Halloween costume this year. If a jacket is the last thing your kiddo will want to wear, then try to come up with costumes that incorporate a jacket or something warm, instead of just covering up your costume. A little creativity and you can make that jacket a part of your already awesome costume.
Inspect Your Candy
It’s a sad fact, but there are some bad people out there who may be looking to slip something else into your kids trick-or-treat bag. Before the kids dig in, take time to go through the candy and each item in their bags. Ditch anything that looks like it has been opened or tampered with and get rid of anything home-made, unless you know and trust the people it came from. You may never have a problem at all, but in situations like this, it’s better safe than sorry.
Stay With The Group And A Trusted Adult
If you’re wandering around with group on Halloween night, it’s easy to get separated, especially if you’re trick-or-treating in a particularly busy neighborhood. Make sure to stay with your group, as there is always safety in numbers. There should also be a trusted adult in the group, just to make sure everything is perfectly safe. And, of course, never enter a strangers home or go into anyone’s house, no matter what they may offer.
Pick The Right Costume
As fun as masks are, they can really limit your vision. Instead of going with a big mask this Halloween, go with a costume that requires makeup. You can still get a great look, but you won’t have the worry about your vision being compromised as you or your child head out door to door. With better vision, you can be sure your child is safe and able to navigate any troubles that may come his or her way.
Always remember to say please and thank you. It is such a simple gesture, but a polite attitude as your heading door to door can really go a long way. After all, these are your neighbors, so be sure to instruct your kids to be polite and to always say thank you, each and every time they’re handed a piece of candy. You never know how far a little politeness can really go, and it will make everyone’s Halloween night just a little bit better.