Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween should be a fun and carefree night for us and our kids.
After all, we are violating soooo many of our “stranger danger” rules.
We run freely from stranger’s house to stranger’s house taking candy. Insert suspicious mom face here… At NIGHT, I might add…
It’s a night for our kids, and sometimes us, to dress up as whatever our wild imaginations can come up with.
We get to binge on candy. (It’s actually acceptable on this night. You don’t have to hide in the laundry room making excuses about what the sound of the candy wrappers are.)
It’s also a night in which it is hard to distinguish what is real and what is make believe.
Is that a real knife?
Was that a cap gun that teenager just ran by with?
Who is that person behind that mask giving candy to my 5-year-old?
It’s a night when the possibility of drunk drivers is higher (more so if Halloween is a Friday or Saturday).
It’s a night when we let our kids run around in the dark.
I want nothing more than for my kids to have a super fun night, but I also want to keep them super safe. I know all you mommies and daddies feel the same.
Here are some tips for a safe and fun Halloween!
Avoid crossing and walking along major streets.
It’s dark, it is very difficult to see little people running down the street on a normal night. Throw in dark costumes and masks, even harder!
Stay on sidewalks when possible, as close to the curb as you can when there are no sidewalks.
Look both ways before crossing the street.
Wear glow sticks!
I love the bracelet and necklace kind. It’s not hard to convince a kid to wear one. But if it is, wrap them around the trick or treat bag handles. I looped a few through my daughter’s braid when she was Rapunzel. She didn’t even know; therefore, she could not moan and groan.
(This was our test run hair.)
Take a flashlight.
So many reasons! Makes you more visible to drivers, you can see where you are going, you can find things you drop (like keys…), and you can check candy when the littles just can’t wait.
Check the candy haul.
I’ve heard several stories of kids getting sick and being hospitalized after eating candy laced with drugs. People are sick. Toss any pieces of candy that are open or have rips in the wrapper. Toss pieces that just look questionable. There’s no reason to take a chance.
Only visit houses that have lights on.
Porch lights, pumpkin lights, decorative lights. Do not go to houses that are blacked out. There is either no one home, or they’d prefer not to be bothered.
Go over stranger danger rules.
These are a little bit modified on Halloween, considering we’re letting our kids take candy from strangers.
It’s ok to go door to door tonight and talk to the strangers giving you candy (sigh…), but they are still strangers.
Use your manners, but
NEVER go into someone’s house.
NEVER walk away with a stranger.
NEVER take an open piece of candy, food, or beverage.
Take your cell phone.
Call the police if you see something that just doesn’t seem right or if you see a crime occurring.
If your kids are old enough to go trick-or-treating without you, send them with a phone.
No pockets? In the candy bag it goes. Set an alarm for a check in time and a head home time. Make sure your older kids know what time they should return home.
A GPS app isn’t a bad idea either…just in case.
My kids are still too little to go trick or treating by themselves. I never let them go to doors without me or my husband.
We stand back a bit, but we’re just within reach in case things go south.
Sounds so cynical, doesn’t it? But ‘tis the world we live in.
We’re also there to remind them to use their manners should they forget.
Whatever your Halloween routine may be, the goal is safe fun.