October 8, 2011
Everyone wants to have a safe and happy Halloween for themselves, their guests and their children. Using safety tips and common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween season and make it as enjoyable for your kids as it is for you!
Trick or Treating should be one of the great adventures of Halloween for kids! They can get dressed in scary costumes and go door-to-door, calling ” Trick or Treat!” to neighbors or at the local mall. It should be a fun time, without trouble, so following some easy tips can help keep your child safe every Halloween.
- Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you.
- Let the kids know that they should never go into the home of a stranger or get into a stranger’s car.
- Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick, or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to people in cars.
- Children should go out during daylight hours only unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. If possible, make sure one of them has a cell phone to be able to contact you if there are any problems. Make sure that children are old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves or parents should plan to accompany them while trick or treating.
- If your older children do go out without you, make sure they go in a group of friends.
- Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields. Make sure they know to stay in populated places and not to go off the beaten path.
- Tell the kids to stay in only well lighted areas and never go to a house that is dark with no lights on.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!