Halloween could be a very “scary” night for your kids if they are not prepared. Make sure you prepare your teenagers for the uncertainties when they step out in Gene Simmons or Britney Spears costumes this treat-or-treating season. Most teenagers think they know everything and can be tough to get through to but it is worth your sanity as a concerned parent to have a conversation of what to watch out for.
Here are some important things to talk to your teen about before they leave the house this Halloween. Make sure they go with a small group of friends they can trust, there is strength in numbers. Each goblin should carry a flash light to make their way through the dark night. If your teen has a mobile phone make sure they check in with you periodically so you can check on them. A whistle is a good idea to carry along in case they are separated from their friends as a precaution. “Don’t eat that”–do not allow your teens to consume any of the lot they acquired throughout the night without it being inspected by you. All of these tools are easy to hand to your teen, but they need to know the importance of them.
Many communities have moved the time of trick-or-treating earlier to try to lesson the chances of accidents. The streets are the most dangerous area for the teens. They are wearing a costume that is either hard to see out of or just difficult to maneuver in. Stress the importance of watching traffic throughout the night and check for cars each time they cross the street. Little brother’s and sister’s are notorious for running off excited to hit the house and get their candy. Be sure that big brother is always holding their hand and has them in sight at all times. There may be a boogie-man out there that is more interested in any little ghosts than the candy they are collecting.
Make it a fun and entertaining Halloween, but make sure your teenagers are safe. Go trick-or-treating in neighborhoods they are familiar with. They may think it is cool to run off to area that is completely new and end up in an uncomfortable situation. Set a curfew of a couple of hours with your teen so they know they only have a certain amount of time to complete their trip.
By putting parameters in place and making them understand the importance of following them will make everyone’s Halloween experience more enjoyable. That is unless you are the unfortunate recipient of a pumpkin thrown on your porch or toilet paper in your trees or the classic egging. Here is to you and yours scaring the make-up off all who approach your haunted abode this year, but keep it safe.