Halloween is my favorite holiday there is something super alluring about haunted houses, candied apples and monster movies. However, my favorite thing about Halloween is trick or treating. As a child I used to love to go trick or treating, stuffing my pillow case and mouth full of candy. I would usually get sick from eating too many sweets.
These days I enjoy handing out the candy and seeing all the cute or scary costumes the kids are wearing. Unfortunately, the costumes aren’t the only thing that can be scary on Halloween night. Each year we hear stories on the news about weirdo’s poisoning candy or children being kidnapped or run over by vehicles. Trick or treating should be a fun, exciting time for kids, but parents need to be on guard. Here are some helpful Halloween tips from Safe Kids World Wide to keep your children safe this year.
Tips Parents Can Share with their Kids
- Always trick-or-treat with an adult until at least age 10
- Trick-or-treat with friends or use a ‘buddy system’
- Only trick-or-treat in familiar areas that are well lit
- Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
- Look left, right and left again when crossing; always walk – don’t run -when crossing streets
- Make eye contact with drivers and watch for cars that are turning or backing up
- Carry a flashlight or glow stick to increase visibility to drivers
- Wear face paint and makeup instead of a mask, which can restrict a child’s vision
- Have an adult check your candy before you eat it
- Never dart into the street or cross in between parked cars
- Wear sturdy shoes to prevent trips and falls
- Walk on sidewalks or paths; if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
Enjoy your Halloween this year and be sure to eat extra candy for me! Anyone have other safety tips they use when preparing for Halloween?