Halloween is an exciting time of the year. People of all ages run around neighborhoods, asking strangers for candy while they are dressed up as scary creatures or historical characters. Halloween, however, can be stressful for parents. Not everyone your child receives candy from can be trusted. It can also be difficult to keep track of your kids once it is dark outside. In order to keep you and your children safe this Halloween, here are some safety tips to be aware of:

  1. Make sure that you, and everyone else sharing the road and sidewalk, can see your child. This means having your child wear a reflective vest once it has become dark. If they don’t want to wear a vest on account of showing off their costume, make sure that they have glow sticks, glow bracelets, or flashlights on them at all times.
  2. Plan a Trick-or-Treating route ahead of time, and be sure that everyone in your party knows the exact plan. It’s also important to have a designated meeting spot if by chance anyone were to get separated from the group. By having both a route and meeting spot, the chance of anyone getting lost are greatly reduced. Everyone who has a cellphone should take it out with them. Younger children may not have this option, making it that much more important to ensure their safety.
  3. Emphasize the importance of walking safely from house to house. Trick-or-Treating is exciting, and children can put that excitement before their own safety. If you live or are walking around in a highly populated area where cars are frequently on the road, make sure your children aren’t darting behind or in front of any cars. Even if a car is parked, be sure that your children don’t run in between them just for an extra cushion of safety.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed part one of this two part series. Look out for part two, which will cover even more Halloween safety tips for you and your family!