All the Halloween fuss and planning has almost come to fruition: All Hallows Eve is just a few days away! It’s finally time for tricks, treats, and showing off those adorable costumes you’ve been stressing over. It’s sure to be a blast, but the “tricky” thing about trick-or-treating? It mostly takes place after dark, which makes staying safe a little more complicated! Safety is crucial to a successful Halloween, and since we at Girls Crochet Headbands have your back, we scoured some local government websites for the best trick-or-treat safety tips. Before you let your ghost and goblins have the run of the neighborhood, take a minute to read these tips for a fun and safe Halloween.
Before your kids leave the house, parents need to:
- Make sure costumes are warm enough.
- Have children wear some sort of identification with a parent’s name and phone number. Pin it inside their costumes or have a custom temporary tattoo made from tottoos.org or a similar company.
- If your children are old enough to go on their own, establish a return time. It’s also a great idea to have one of them carry a cell phone.
- Instruct your kids never to enter someone else’s house without a parent.
- Always accompany young children. Don’t allow older children to supervise younger ones. They need to be supervised by an adult.
If your trick-or-treaters are out after dark, heed these tips:
- Start out early so you get as much trick-or-treating in as possible before it gets dark.
- Always walk on the sidewalk! If there is no sidewalk, walk facing in the direction of traffic.
- Use glow sticks or flashlights to make yourself visible after dark.
- Obey all traffic signals and use crosswalks if you’re trick-or-treating in urban areas.
- Take off masks or anything that obstructs your vision before you cross the street.
One last safety tip: take a quick sweep through your child’s loot to make sure there’s nothing dangerous or inappropriate in their treat bag. If they did get tricked, you want to find out before they do! And lastly, too much candy isn’t good for your kiddos. To make sure they don’t get sick, set a limit of how much they can eat before bed that night. (Then, after they’re asleep, raid their stash for your own favorite treats! All in the name of protecting them from overeating, of course.)
What are your favorite trick-or-treating safety tips? We’d love to hear them in the comments! And don’t forget to share your Halloween photos on our Facebook page!
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