“Trick or Treat!” Your children are counting the days until they can walk around the neighborhood hunting for candy! With the big night approaching, some kids are probably thinking that they’re too cool to walk around with their parents and want to venture out alone with their friends. That is not a problem as long as your children are being safe and being aware of their surroundings. If you are planning to let your ghosts and ghouls go at it alone, here are some tips that will help them stay safe!
1. The buddy system. I cannot stress this enough! First, it’s dark outside and no child should be walking around, alone outside while it is dark. Second, some predators could misuse this holiday to prey on children. In order to decrease the chances of anything dangerous happening, make sure your child has a friend or multiple friends they are going out with. This will give you more peace of mind and they’ll have even more fun with their friends!
2. Plan their route. To keep your children from wandering into a strange area, plan their route in advance. This way they know where they’re going, you will know where they are going and you should able to predict the time they will return home.
3. No nibbling. Remind your children that they should not eat any treats until examined by you. This precaution simply just helps you weed out suspicious candies and you can enjoy a few pieces yourself!
4. Keep the light on. Make sure your children carry a flashlight to avoid getting lost, being scared or for security if the area not being lit up enough. Remind your children that they should go to houses that are well lit. Most of the time the houses with the lights off either aren’t participating in festivities or could be a extremely dangerous.
This post isn’t to make you worry or become paranoid. It is to help you communicate to your children the importance of safety and help them and yourself relax and enjoy the evening. Happy trick or treating!