When your kids go trick-or-treating, you want them to have fun, but also to be safe. The following tips will focus on safety tips, from knowing where to go, to making sure their costumes won’t become a safety hazard.
Make Halloween a family event
While teenagers can usually go out on their own, you should not send your younger kids alone trick-or-treating. Even when they are in your own neighborhood, it will take a lot of stress off your mind if you walk around with them.
This can become a fun annual tradition where you send them around the neighborhood to get their candy, then when they return, you can make your big Halloween dinner and watch Halloween movies.
Check Halloween costume hems
Kids get excited when they go out trick-or treating, often running down the street and up stairs to get to people’s porches. If your kids have long costumes that reach to their feet, they might trip over them and get seriously injured.
Costumes with superhero capes, long dresses or gowns might be a little too long. Make sure you have your kids try them on and walk around with the shoes they intend to wear so you know if hemming needs to be done.
Be safe while Trick or Treating
When you head out on your trick-or-treating adventure, practice caution even when you are out with your kids. Remove their masks on occasion so they can breathe, as some of them are very constricting.
Be careful not to walk in the middle of the street, even if you see other families doing this. Stick to the sidewalks or the bike lanes if the sidewalks are full. Be wary of any houses that have loud, barking dogs. Avoid houses that are not well lit out front and never accept an invitation to go inside.
Keeping your home safe
You also want your own home to be safe for trick-or-treaters even if you will be at home handing out candy. Make sure your front yard is well-lit not just with the porch light, but by placing battery-operated pumpkin lights in your pumpkins and having other lights outside turned on.
If it rained recently, put out rugs so kids don’t sleep on the steps. Sweep away any leaves for the same purpose. Keep your dogs inside and restrained just in case.