Halloween can be a fun night for both children and adults. Of course, a parent's number one priority when taking their children out trick-or-treating is making sure that their little ones are safe. There are some tips and tricks parents can use to ensure their child is well protected.
Making sure children know all their parent's rules before leaving the house and utilizing reflective tape and glow sticks are just a few ways to keep children out of harm's way. Continue reading for 10 ways to keep children safe this Halloween.
10 Use Face Paint Over Masks
Painting your child’s face for Halloween can be a great way to spend some quality time together and bond. Plus, it's safer than purchasing a mask to accessorize your child’s costume. Masks tend to have limited visibility and it can obscure your little one’s vision making a tad bit unsafe.
With face painting, children are actually able to see, which makes this one way to keep your child a bit safer this Halloween. With limited vision, it can make it much more challenging for your child to safely stick by your side and it can also make it more challenging when it comes to crossing streets.
9 Use Reflective Tape Or Stickers
When you take your child out trick-or-treating, it's always a great idea to use reflective tape or stickers (or both) and put them on your child’s clothing, trick-or-treat bag, and anywhere else that can help make them much more visible to others; especially to the people who are driving by in passing cars.
The more visible your child is, the betters others will be able to see him or her. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
8 Always Make Sure Your Kids Trick Or Treat With An Adult
Trick-or-treating is usually incredibly fun for little ones. They get to play dress up and make-believe. Plus, they get free candy. You can’t beat free candy. But in order to keep your children safe and protected, it's always best to make sure that they are with a mature adult while out and about so there will be someone who will definitely watch over them.
A parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent can take little kids out trick-or-treating.
7 Stick To Familiar Areas
It's easy to want to go to wherever you feel the best goodies may be on trick-or-treat night. But in the grand scheme of things, sticking to areas that are familiar to you and your children would actually be the safest option.
It makes navigating the area less challenging at night when there are tons and tons of kids running around in costumes and screaming. It may also help to put mom’s or dad’s mind at ease.
6 Use Glow Sticks Or Flashlights
To help you navigate through the night this Halloween, try giving your children glow sticks or flashlights to help them see better. This is also a good idea since it will help others see them better as well.
It would also be a good idea for you or whoever is taking your children out to use flashlights, too. This shouldn’t be a substitution for using reflective tape or stickers, either. It should be used in combination with them to help ensure the safety of your little ones.
5 Make Sure Costumes Fit Properly
When your children are really little, it may seem easier to buy or make them a costume that is a tad too large in order to have a backup for the following year. However, buying larger than needed Halloween costumes can actually be quite dangerous since it poses as a tripping hazard.
When the bottoms are too long or too large, it can often lead to a child tripping over the material and potentially falling. This is something that most parents don’t want to have to add to their list of worries on trick-or-treat night.
4 Check Your Child’s Candy
This next tip for helping keep your children safe this Halloween may be an old wives tale that has been told and retold for generations, but, sadly, in today’s world, it may be the safest thing to do. Always check your child’s candy before allowing them to dig in to look for any evidence of tampering.
Is something looks questionable, even if it is your child’s all-time favorite candy, toss it. It's always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your child’s health and well-being.
3 Be Aware Of Your Surroundings And Put The Phone Away
One tip that parents didn’t need when most millennials were little was a reminder to put their cell phones away. It's always a good idea to pay attention to your surroundings when you are out and about with your children, even more so on Halloween night.
When we are on our phones, the world can slip right by us. Think of the temporary break from your phone as a great time to bond with your child while they are out doing something that they enjoy.
2 The More Children You Take Trick Or Treating, The More Adults There Should Be
If you have more than a group of say three children or more that you're taking out trick-or-treating, it may be a good idea to ask for a helping hand from a fellow adult. Pick someone who you know is responsible enough to look after a group of children.
It will make it so much easier to keep track of everyone without having to do a “headcount,” which can sometimes be inaccurate if say another child has the same or similar costume on.
1 Make Sure Your Children Know Your Rules Before Leaving The House
A great way to help keep your little ones safe this Halloween would be to make sure they know and understand any rules that you may have for trick-or-treating. Your rules will most likely vary depending on your child’s age. For younger children, things like making sure they hold your hand and always looking both ways before crossing the street can be great starting points.
You can always come up with a rules list beforehand so that you know exactly what you are going to tell your children.