Halloween is one of the many nights of the year that all the weirdos and creepy people come out. With so many people dressed up in the streets with costumes, masks and face paint Halloween safety is one of the most important things to consider for the night. Here are some simple, yet important, tips to consider when you are going out to have some fun and get some candy.
1. Always go out in groups! If you have older kids, don’t let them go out by themselves, and don’t let them go outside of the neighborhood. This will make it easier for you to find your kids when the night is over, not to mention if your neighbors see your kid talking with someone they don’t know, they are likely to say something.
2. Always carry flashlights. It is dark outside and although many people turn on the lights to signal to kids that they are home, it is not always enough light to keep someone from snatching up a child. If flashlights are too bulky for your little ones to carry around, consider using glow sticks necklaces, bracelets or mouth pieces or lighted trick-or-treat bags.
3. Never let your kids eat candy until you can inspect it. People are crazy these days and you never know what sorts of things that people will put in candy they are handing out to kids. A general rule of thumb is that you should never allow your kids to eat homemade treats, treats that are opened, or things like fruits or vegetables. Although the sentiment is there, it’s just not a good idea in the event that something can be wrong with it.
4. Make sure that you can be seen. It might not look cool to have reflective tape on your black cape or outfit, but it’s even less cool to get ran over because someone can’t see you. Always try to stay in the light and make sure that you have some kind of light showing so that people can see you.
5. Never go up to a strangers home unless your parent is waiting at the street or door for you. You never know if a stranger might try to grab you when you come looking for candy. If your parent isn’t near by, it’s better not to stop.