Halloween is a fun holiday for children. They love to dress up, be with friends, and trick or treat. Although the thought of children going door to door to receive candy does not seem dangerous, there are important things parents should remember to keep their children safe on Halloween night. Below are a few things that parents should think about as this fun holiday approaches.
Stay With Your Children
Most parents feel safe letting their children walk the neighborhood they have lived in for years, with just a group of children. Yes, your neighborhood may be safe, and may have a lot of great people living there. What some parents fail to realize is that they cannot control who comes into their neighborhood. Kids and teenagers are most likely being dropped off into better neighborhoods, or are skipping around to different neighborhoods. Parents should always walk with their children door to door, or stay within eye sight of their child.
Choose Safe Houses
Just because it is Halloween night, it doesn’t make it ok to stop at every house in a neighborhood. Some houses do not wish to have trick or treaters. Remind your child that it is never ok to enter into a stranger’s house, even if they offer candy. Just because it is Halloween it doesn’t make it ok to enter a home. If the porch lights are off on a house, do not ring the doorbell. It is important for children to only approach doors that are well lit and visible to the nearby adults.
Be a Safe Pedestrian
Remind your child that it is extremely important to cross streets in groups and look both ways. Although motorists may be aware that while driving through neighborhoods on Halloween night, they need to be extra cautious, some may not be aware of the high volume of your children out walking the streets. Also, it is important to make sure that your child is visible to motorists. You can help them be visible by putting reflective tape on their costumes, or by giving them flashlights, glow sticks, or any other lit item.
While Halloween is full of fun and candy, it is also a time for all parents to make sure their children stay safe while participating in the festivities!