Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety!
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, begging "Tricks or Treats!" from neighbors or at the local mall. Lots of small towns have a Halloween Safe Night at the community center or school so kids can Trick-or-Treat safely but going door to door is the stuff of childhood memories! It should be a fun time, without trouble and pain, so following some easy tips can keep your child safe every Halloween.
1) Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.
2) Some towns set a curfew for trick or treating which makes it easier for townsfolk to know who's coming to their door. Make sure and stick to the curfew times and stick to subdivisions and areas with a lot of homes so your kids can get in as much trick or treating as possible in a few hours time.
3) Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure that they have a cell phone.
4) Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening.
5) Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!
6) Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a god idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them.
7) Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
8) Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.
When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
## Cross at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
## Look left, right and left again.
## Use sidewalks.
## Watch for cars turning or backing up.
Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
## Watch out for kids crossing mid-block.
## Slow down and be especially alert.
## Look for kids who might be trying to cross mid-block.
## Keep phones down so you are not distracted.
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