If you have children who are excited about the spooky season and cannot wait to go trick-or-treating in their new costume, you should plan review some safety precautions with them to ensure their evening of ghoulish fun does not involve any real-life horrors. Going door-to-door for candy can be a lot of fun, especially when you see the look of joy on your children’s faces when they see their sugary loot, but it can also be dangerous. Help your little ones stay safe this Halloween.
Trick-or-treating on Halloween is a tradition that is unlikely to go away. Children can go out and pretend to be little ghosts and goblins while loading up on sweet treats. However, this fun event is not without its dangers.
Review the following safety tips with your children and make sure you plan ahead to avoid running into any obstacles that might compromise their safety:
- Do not walk on the street: It is not uncommon for trick-or-treaters and their families to walk on the street instead of the sidewalk on Halloween. When enough people do the same thing, it might seem safe, but walking on the street is always dangerous. Stay on the sidewalk and do not let your children run out into the street even if they see their friends do it.
- Plan to go as a group: It is generally safer to trick-or-treat as a group and more fun. Therefore, instead of going on your own with your children, ask some of the other parents in your neighborhood if they would like to join you. With a bigger group, you can all look out for each other and will be more visible to vehicles.
- Trick-or-treat before nightfall: Trick-or-treating is an evening tradition, but you do not necessarily need to do it in the dark of the night. There is time to trick-or-treat before the sun goes down and, with some sunlight on your side, you can keep better watch over your children.
- Be aware of your surroundings: You need to pay attention to your surroundings and be as attentive as possible when you take your kids out for trick-or-treating, so put away your phones and other devices for the time being. It is impossible to keep an eye on their safety if you are looking down at a screen.
- Avoid costumes that might block your children’s vision: You and your kids probably have lots of great ideas for costumes, but you should keep safety in mind while making these plans. Costumes that obstruct their vision can make it dangerous for them to walk, even in daylight.
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