As October rolls around not only do the leaves start falling from the trees and the temperature drops, but the ghosts and ghouls come out of the woodwork. With all the little princesses and Harry Potters and witches, safety is undoubtedly on your mind. There are few times during the year when our families feel as vulnerable as during Halloween as so many people are out on the streets. There are some common safety precautions that you should take to make sure your little monsters are safe from harm and that your family and home security remain prime in your mind.
1) Think about using make-up instead of a mask on your little ones. An improperly fitting mask can obscure view and can make crossing roads and whatnot unsafe.
2) If you have any concerns at all about your children going door to door for trick-or-treating, send an adult along to supervise. Even with older kids, an adult that tags along behind can give you peace of mind.
3) Bright costumes mean that your child will be highly visible for passing cars and easy to pick out from a large group of kids. Just make sure that the costume isn’t too big or cumbersome. It’s important than a costume is comfortable and easy to walk in for your kids
4) Give your kids a safety flashlight or glowstick to make him or her visible on the street.
5) When your kids return from trick-or-treating with a fully loaded haul of candy, make sure you go trough the candy to make sure it is appropriate (be weary of unwrapped candies) and set up a system where the child can earn candy for good behavior (or you may find yourself with a ill and sugar-high child).
6) If your kids insist on going out trick-or-treating alone, make sure they have a cell phone and you have a full map of where they are going.
7) Finally, if you are leaving your home to trick-or-treat with your kids, it might be smart to have someone come over to hand out candy. Leaving your home unattended can increase the likelihood of breakins on Halloween.
Do you have any other good practices for sending your little one trick-or-treating? Please share in the comments!