Do you know what I love most about the fall season?
The smells of pumpkin, cozy sweaters, and how there is something about the fall season that starts bringing people closer together.
There is also all of the holidays that are only weeks apart from each other.
The first being Halloween!
Halloween is such an exciting time for children (and for some adults). Little ones are growing in their excitement to wear their costumes and go trick-or-treating.
Let’s be honest, their excitement also comes from the idea of tons of free candy. Yet, as adults, we have the opportunity and responsibility to make sure our children are safe in their adventures.
For those parents who have older kids, asking questions such as, where will your party be located? Who will be there? What activities will you be participating in, are great ways to indicate the safety of the environment your teenager will be going into.
For those with little ones, these safety tips for Halloween will help alleviate any stress or pressure you might be feeling towards taking your children trick-or-treating this year.
Yes, it’s important to have fun, but it’s more important to stay safe.
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7 Safety Tips for Halloween – Keeping Kids Protected
1. Glow Sticks
I love the idea of giving children glow sticks to wear, especially when nighttime comes so early in the fall season. This is a great way to easily keep an eye on your children as they run from house to house.
A pack of glow sticks comes for about $1 and usually, you can expect 6 – 8 depending on the brand and price you pay. Prices will vary and increase as the glow sticks become more intricate in their designs, or larger in size.
2. Go With Adults
My daughter checked out a library book titled, “Queen of Halloween” where a young girl and her friend want to go trick or treating alone.
The father made an insightful comment. He did not scold the young child but simply said, “you might not need an adult, but I certainly need you.” I always felt the father had a double meaning to his statement.
We obviously need our children if we want to go out trick-or-treating (I can’t remember the last time a grown up came knocking on my door asking for candy). Yet, we also need our children to be safe, to be loved, and to know they’re not alone.
Yet, we also need our children to be safe, to be loved, and to know they’re not alone in this crazy world.
3. Large Groups
If possible, get together with friends and trick-or-treat in large groups. Keep the adult to child ratio at a manageable rate. The last thing you want to do is leave one adult with nearly a dozen kids. If this is the case then this tip won’t work to your advantage.
Keep the adult to child ratio at a manageable rate. The last thing you want to do is leave one adult with nearly a dozen kids. If this is the case then this tip won’t work to your advantage.
The purpose of a large group is to have a fair number of children and adults for safety purposes. The children will have tons of fun going from door to door together as adults keep a close eye on their little ones. There is safety in numbers.
The children will have tons of fun going from door to door together as adults keep a close eye on their little ones. There is safety in numbers.
4. Specific Homes
If you don’t feel comfortable taking your children to random homes then consider taking your child trick-or-treating to specific homes where you know the people.
My husband and I talk to our children about who we are going to see prior to them knocking on the door. We express our excitement in visiting our friends in their Halloween costumes.
The anticipation helps build the children’s excitement and I have found they enjoy the evening a lot more than going from house to house.
In the same regard, my husband and I do have a safety talk with our children about why we only go to specific houses. We emphasize the importance of being safe.
5. Daylight Hours
Trick-or-treating during daylight hours is another tip our family uses with our little ones. We allow the children to dress in their costumes after dinner and we go trick-or-treating from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
I have found that this evening hour is great for those with small children who are anxious to collect their candy. At the same time 6:30 p.m. is late enough for children to be out and still light outside where there won’t be added confusion should a situation arise.
6. Party at Home
I completely understand if you choose to not take your children trick-or-treating at all.
If this is how you’re feeling, consider having a kid-friendly Halloween party at your home. Ask friends and others who have small children to join you and your family.
You can even send out invitations (or e-mails) and set some ground rules of behavior and what people can expect at your family’s party.
7. Community Activities
If you’re concerned about taking your children from house-to-house, consider looking up community activities in your area.
There are many churches, malls, libraries, and civic centers who create a safe place for children to come collect candy in one central location.
You can easily find more information about events in your area in your local newspaper, on your city’s website, or simply by Googling, “Halloween activities for children near me.”
Whether you use glow sticks, go trick-or-treating with your children or in a large group, visit specific homes, go trick-or-treating during remaining daylight hours, throw a party at home, or take advantage of community activities nearby, it’s important to do what’s best where you live and in your current situation.
No matter what you decide, I hope you have a very safe and happy Halloween.
How do you and your family stay safe during Halloween? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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