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10 “Tricks” to Keeping Your Kids Safe This Halloween

By Karley G. Michels

glow-lightsIt’s that time of year again! All of the little ghosts, goblins (or ninja turtles) of the neighborhood will be at your doorstep asking for a sweet treat tonight. According to The Globe and Mail, most parents consider letting their kids trick-or-treat by themselves on Halloween night around the ages of 9 and 10. Allowing them to take off by themselves (in the dark) can generate a great deal of worry for a parent on Halloween night. And let’s face it, the adults want to have fun too, so here are 10 tricks (pun intended) that can help you worry less about your little creatures on Halloween night.

  1. Have them wear (or carry) something reflective – Especially if they insist on wearing an all-black costume. Get creative: use reflective tape from the hardware store to stick across their candy bags or buckets. Wearing or carrying something reflective is a great way to keep your little one in sight of neighborhood-intruding vehicles. Bright costumes are always a good idea.
  2. Give them glow sticks! – Who doesn’t like a good glow stick? They’re cheap and keep your child visible in the dark.
  3. face paintingHave your child carry a flashlight – Put it to use after it gets dark! This can be great for locating objects on the ground that can cause them to trip and fall.
  4. Eat no treats until an adult checks them – Check all of your child’s candy before allowing them to eat it. Throw out all candy with torn or open packages. If it looks suspicious, don’t eat it!
  5. Don’t eat homemade treats – Unless you absolutely know and trust the person handing them out, don’t chance it!
  6. Check ingredients on candy wrappers – If your child has a dye or nut allergy, it is important to check the ingredients before they eat the candy.
  7. Masks block vision! – Consider non-toxic face paint in place of a mask.
  8. Walk on sidewalks – Keep your kids safe by teaching them to walk on the sidewalk as far away from the street as possible and to always look both ways before crossing the street.
  9. Keep your little ones close by – If you think your child should not be able to walk the neighborhood by themselves, keep them close.
  10. Use the Buddy System – If your kids are old enough to walk without an adult, make sure they have a friend to walk with. Tell them to watch out for each other and stay safe!

Halloween night should be a fun and exciting night for kids of all ages. This doesn’t mean that you can’t take every precautious measure there is in the book to make sure your child is safe during the event. Happy Halloween from Lawrence & Associates!