Important Ways To Keep Your Kids Safe On Halloween
Important Ways To Keep Your Kids Safe On Halloween
My little goblins are 4 years, 7 months & 3 weeks & 5 days old.
It’s that time of year again. How do we keep our children safe on fright night? Here are some fabulous tips on Halloween safety for a fun and memorable holiday for all. Some of these tips are new so we can spice it up a little bit. It is a yearly subject of conversation here at Twinpossible.com.
1) Light them up & let ’em glow!
Regardless of your child’s age or costume, make sure if they will be out past dusk, they are wearing some type of florescent color or a reflector in the back, even if at an obscure location of their garment, so that they are visible to traffic. You can even add a reflector to their treat bags, as we know they never let go of that. Bright colors and reflectors help others both walking AND driving to see your child better.
A great idea I just thought of right now would be to have your child wear a glow necklace, like the ones at parties. They are considered ‘cool’, and they will happily wear them while glowing. Tie a glow stick to their bags. These can be purchased at your local dollar stores. There are always party stores also, that most likely carry them if you don’t look there. Our Dollar Tree has tons.
2) Make sure your child’s costume is safe.
Masks that obstruct a child’s view of what is going on around them are NOT safe. Make sure their vision is 100% at all times. Make sure also that the accessories that accompany their costume are safe for both themselves and for others. Do make sure upon purchase that their costumes are flame retardant for safety purposes.
3) Teach young kids to stay close & make them aware of potential dangers around them.
Little ones must stay near you, not run from house to house without staying in your view. (This goes on an age appropriate basis, how far from you they may travel. I stay very close.) Definitely teach your kids to stay where you or another guardian can keep them in their sights. You don’t want to scare kids on Halloween, or any day of the year, but they need to know reality. It is a great time to have the stranger talk to young children prior to trick or treating. Not everybody is a ‘good guy’ or a ‘good girl’.
My daughter used to ‘attempt’ to get inside of people’s houses at times if say she saw a dog or a cat in the background. That is a big no-no, but small kids are naive, so definitely keep a close eye on them, and teach them to never enter a person’s home, to never open up somebody’s door, but to only ring the door bell and knock. Just tell them to always be aware of people around them, including you, and stay where they are supposed to stay.
4) Set rules for older kids
A) Set a curfew for older trick or treaters.
B) Also, set up a check-in time to call and let you know that they are OK.
If they are teenagers, if he or she does not have a phone, in this day and age, one of their friends will have one. I know 9 year olds with phones which is CRAZY! Give them your phone if you trust them to keep it in safe condition. They can also stop and check in from a friend’s house or a stop back at home to, if in the area.
C) Advise them that knocking too much and ringing doorbells too much and also any acts of vandalism – egging, shaving cream, breaking pumpkins and more is NOT funny and won’t be tolerated. Let them know you would find out about it, or at least say it. Mother’s know all. You could be driving around you know. I have! (He, he.) Let them know it is possible.
D) Also, make sure they do not go passed a decent time to trick or treat. Make their curfew between 8 and 8:30 max. I never ring doorbells after this time, never have. Actually, a 9:00 curfew allows them time to get home. Make travel arrangements prior if they will be out of the immediate area of your home and cannot walk home. Do not let them walk home alone. A pick up is MUCH safer.
5) Group trick or treating is best.
Traveling in groups of friends is also the safest way to trick or treat, so encourage this at all ages for enhanced safety. Packs are more likely to be seen by drivers and other people at any age, and also there is simply safety in numbers against any unsavory people who may be lurking out there.
6) Wait, don’t eat that candy yet!
If you have a teenager say, you can basically show them how to check candy the way you would, but for smaller tykes the desire to shove their favorite score in their mouth straight away can be an intense one. Tell them to run to you first so you can make sure it is OK, and not to reach in their bags and eat random pieces of candy. Only eat what is checked along the way and save the rest for home. I don’t encourage much candy eating during trick or treat anyhow. My kids get wild! For them, sugar is like Tequila for children 😆 .
7) Teach kids prior how to handle emergencies
Kids should know the following:
1. The number 911, and when they should use it.
2. Their telephone number
3. Their address
Younger kids won’t be able to know all of this. At least tell tots to know 911 and their last names. As much as they are able to remember is good to know.
4. If they need help on Halloween (or any day) without an adult around, make sure they know to go to a well lit house. If there is one that they know the residents of, better yet.
Have a very safe & a very happy Halloween!