Boo! It’s finally Halloween! Time for haunted houses, costumes and candy galore! Halloween also means it’s time to remember the tips to having a safe trick-or-treating for your kiddos.
We know for kids, this is one of their favorite times of the year. I mean what sounds better than dressing up as your favorite character, and get all the free candy you can get?
That being said, trick-or-treating can be stressful enough for parents worried about their little creatures roaming around the dark neighborhoods. It can be dangerous if kids and parents are not careful. We’ve come up with a list of 5 tips to having a spooky but safe trick-or-treating!
Before you leave the house, it’s best to have a plan of where you will be trick-or-treating. Stick to familiar neighborhoods where you and your child are familiar with to avoid getting lost.
Track your route using the map on your smartphone. If your child has a phone, have them turn on their location so you can track them. Find My Friends is a free app that allows you to easily locate your friends and family from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. There are other apps like GPS Phone Tracker Pro for Android phones. Let your children know it’s important to stay together as a group.
Lights, lights, lights. Be sure to pack flashlights with you and glow-in-the-dark sticks. A big part of Halloween is having lights so cars can see you as you’re crossing the street and walking from house to house.
If the house is dark, don’t go up to it! If you see a house without it’s front light on, chances are they’re indicating you that they are not giving candy out.
Also, if you’re going to be driving, don’t be an a-hole and drive like a maniac. Unless you’re a maniac for Halloween? Just kidding. Don’t do it. SLOW DOWN and look out for kids crossing the street.
Is your costume draping? Make sure your costume is not a trip hazard and if you or your child wears a mask, make sure it doesn’t obstruct vision at night. Check to see if the costume is functional for trick-or-treating.
You want to be able to take a mask off easily once in a while so you can recognize your child. There may be other little Batmans trick-or-treating around!
Wear comfortable and well-fitting shoes. You and your child will be walking a lot. Girls in dresses should avoid wearing heels and shoelaces should be double-tied to avoid tripping. Also, because if something or someone scares you, how will you run without comfy shoes?
Make a rule for your kids not to eat any of the candy they receive until you thoroughly inspect it. Throw away any unwrapped candy and anything you see unusual. This way you double check the candy and then you get to pick the best stuff! Muhaha!
Here’s Zillow’s list of the top ten cities to trick-or-treating in 2015.
Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween but not when it comes to child safety! These are easy and effective tips to making it a safe and fun night of trick-or-treating.
Remember popular trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours. Now go have a safe and spooky Halloween!