It’s that time of year again. Soon Spider-man and Wonder Woman will be roaming the streets of your neighborhood with happy smiles and hungry bellies. You may have children participating in this year’s trick or treating. If so, here are a few easy tips that you can use to ensure that this year’s Halloween goes as smoothly and safely as possible.
Stay On The Sidewalks
Since most trick-or-treating goes on after dark on Halloween, it is a good rule of thumb to utilize the sidewalks when walking with your children from door to door. If you are not with your children when they are candy hunting this year, make sure to emphasize that it’s very important to stay out of the main road so that no one gets hurt.
Check The Candy
Whether we want to think about it or not, there are evil people in this world who seek to do harm to children. One way that they have done this in the past is by poisoning the candy that they give out on Halloween. Hundreds of innocent children have been hospitalized because the Halloween candy they received had been tampered with. There have also been reports of people placing needles and other sharp objects in candy bowls at their place of residence. As a parent or caregiver, we encourage you to check the candy that your little one’s are taking home to enjoy later so that they can enjoy it safely.
As an adult on Halloween, it is important to remember that there are thousands of little children running around in neighborhoods, town squares, or even down remote country roads. It is essential that you drive with extra precaution, driving at or below the speed limit. Stay vigilant throughout the night. If you see something that doesn’t look quite right, there is never any harm in having authorities look into it further if you feel there is an eminent need.
Safety In Numbers
There is always safety in numbers. If you have a little one that is heading out in search of candy this Halloween, encourage him or her to stay in a group of friends that are responsible. If a group of children stay together and keep watch over one another throughout the evening, the chances of something terrible happening greatly diminish.
Establish A Point Of Contact
If your child is going trick or treating with a group of other kids and you are not planning on going with them, it is a good idea to leave a phone with him or her. There should be clear expectations and rules communicated before any trick or treating begins. If there is a problem or concern, your child can more easily reach you to report the situation. This also gives your little one the opportunity to check in with you throughout the evening. There are even apps that allow you to track your phone from a different device so you can know exactly where your little ones are at all times.
We wish everyone a super fun and safe Halloween, and remember: don’t eat all your candy in one night!