Kids love Halloween—and many of us big kids love it, too! Take a few minutes to prepare for trick or treating to ensure everyone enjoys the night and makers it home safely. Here are some tips to share with your children before they go out on Halloween.
- Safe Route
Plan a route for your child before they leave the house. This way, if you get separated, you it’s easier to find each other. Also, make sure you and your children follow all the normal street laws. Only cross the street at street corners and use proper traffic signals and crosswalks. Never run, especially when crossing the street. Remind children to watch where they are going and refrain from using their phones while walking. Finally, avoid houses that are not lit up or decorated for the occasion.
- Adult Supervision
Children under 12 should not be allowed out alone at night, particularly on Halloween. Even if you feel your neighborhood is safe, remember that a lot of people are out at night and many of them are strangers to you and your children. If your children are old enough to be going out by themselves, be sure that they stick to a familiar area.
- Costume Safety
Consider decorating costumes and treat bags with reflective tape or light-colored stickers. If possible, use face paint rather than a mask so that your child’s vision will not be impaired. Arm your kids and their friends with glow sticks and flashlights to help them see and be seen by other people, specifically drivers. With costume props, take care they are not sharp or long so that they do not potentially hurt other children.
- Driving Safety
As a parent, you need to do your part to keep everyone safe by driving carefully. Slow down, especially in residential neighborhoods. Remember that children are excited and could potentially run out into the street. Take extra time at stop signs and look everywhere before proceeding. Eliminate distractions inside your car if possible so you can concentrate.
- Food Allergies
It is more common thank you think for children to have various food allergies, so be conscientious of this on Halloween night. In general, inspect your child’s candy to see if there is any faulty packaging before they eat it. Consider taking away candy that doesn’t contain nuts so that you can still give something to children with allergies.
Alarm Monitoring Service Of Atlanta wants to keep you and your family safe this Halloween season. Let the ghosts do the scaring and have a spooky safe time with your family!