How to Trick-or-Treat in Safety
Once again Halloween is just around the corner and more than likely your young children are thinking about what they want to dress up as for their evening of frights and delicious treats.
How, though, do you go about making sure that they stay safe during Halloween when they knock on strangers’ doors throughout the evening?
Here we find out what you can do to make their evening fun, but a safe one too.
Scout out the area first and make a map
– Before going out with your children make sure you know the area you intend to visit and consider putting a map together so you know you way around.
Make sure someone older is with them
– Never let young children go out by themselves. Young children should always have a parent or an older sibling with them when trick or treating as anything could happen during the night putting their lives in danger, from meeting strangers to choking on any candy they eat throughout the night.
Never enter a stranger's home
– Even if the person seems nice and invites your child into their home you should not go. You will often find that adults are not nice to children despite presenting themselves as being friendly toward them.
– In order to make the most of the evening try and leave early before it gets too dark for you and your children. This way you can get them out for some Halloween fun and back home in time for an early night too.
Consider visibility safety
– The nights are drawing in, which means that visibility will be greatly reduced on Halloween. To stop you losing sight of your children take the time to add hi-vis tape to costumes and their Trick-or-Treat bags for added visibility.
Remain on well-lit streets
– Regardless of whether you are with your children or not it is important that they remain on well-lit streets at all times when doing the rounds on Halloween night. They should also keep to the sidewalk too.
– Obtain flashlights with new batteries for all children and those escorting them on Halloween. This is a good back-up to have in case you find yourself on a dark road with poor visibility.
Talk about the importance of stranger danger
– Before leaving for the night you should take a moment to talk about the dangers of strangers and what they should do should they come into contact with someone who may pose a threat to them. Halloween is probably one of those times when this talk is particularly important as there will be many people outside during the evening hours.
Stay in a group
– The bigger the group the safer you will be. Don’t make the group too big though that it becomes difficult to keep an eye on the number of children you have with you. Instead, limit the group size to around four or five and make sure there are at least two adults escorting them so it doesn’t fall solely to one parent running around after them.
– Halloween only comes around once a year, so make sure you make it a fun and safe one your children will remember.
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