26 Oct 13 Tips for a Spook-tacular & Safe Halloween
It’s almost Halloween! As kids take to the streets dressed as their favorite superheroes, princesses, and scary creatures it is our duty, as adults, to ensure a fun and safe holiday. Check out our 13 tips to keep kids safe this Halloween:
- Avoid letting your kids trick-or-treat alone. Have your children walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Stick to familiar territory. By trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood, you are more likely to know the people handing out candy. It also helps prevent children from getting lost.
- Only trick-or-treat in well-lit areas. Make sure to avoid unlit and isolated areas while trick-or-treating. Avoid approaching houses that are unlit. Look for signs that welcome trick-or-treaters, such as Halloween decorations or carved pumpkins.
- Never enter the home of a stranger. Even with a trusted adult, children should never accept an invitation inside a stranger’s home.
- Teach your children to never approach a vehicle or accept a ride from a stranger.
- Check the sex offender’s registry ahead of time. You can use the Family Watchdog’s national search, found here.
- Stay alert and report any suspicious activity to authorities.
- Work as a team. If trick-or-treating with a large group of children, ask a trusted friend to tag along and help you keep the kids in your care safe.
- Save money and create memories. Halloween is a great way to get creative with your kids. Use items you can find around your house and spend quality time with your kids crafting the perfect costume.
- Remember, not all children are ready to be scared. Many kids, especially those of a younger age, are not developmentally ready for a haunted Halloween. Instead, focus on the fun aspects of Halloween, such as dressing as their favorite T.V. character or attending family-friendly events and parties for all ages.
- Celebrate National Brush Day. After all of the candy, the day after Halloween is the perfect time to talk with your kids about the importance of a good oral hygiene routine. To learn tips and tricks to good oral hygiene and to take the pledge, visit the website here.
- Be flexible. Trick-or-treating can be a fun, yet stressful, time for parents. Be sure to take deep, calming breaths when needed and remember that kids are kids.
- Most importantly, HAVE FUN! Halloween can be a wonderful time to make memories. Ensure your kids will have lasting ones they can cherish for a lifetime!