How to safely go trick or treating at Halloween
Going trick-or-treating at Halloween brings back many fond memories for most adults. Who doesn’t like dressing up and getting free candy just by ringing a doorbell?
Safety while goinging trick-or-treating is as much a concern now as when the parent’s of today’s little ghosts and goblins were children. With careful preparation and parental supervision Halloween can still be a safe and fun activity.
Halloween safety starts with costume selection. Pick one that is flame retardant, allows mobility, and isn’t a tripping hazard. Any face mask should have large eye holes and fit properly. In cold weather climates, the costume should be large enough to allow clothes to be worn underneath it. Snow storms always seem to happen on Halloween.
If a child is going to use face paint or makeup instead of a mask, make sure it is non-toxic. Better yet, use hypoallergenic face paint to prevent any allergic reactions.
Eat before going out
To resist snacking on uninspected candy, have all children eat a full meal before heading out to trick-or-treat. Carry along some pre-purchased candy so it can be eaten while out in the neighborhood.
Know any food allergies of children in a group before heading out. A number of food allergies are life threatening. Many candies are processed on equipment that may have come in contact with one of these allergens. Carefully screen all treats before letting children with allergies touch or consume them.
Be prepared for the weather
Be prepared for the weather while out trick or treating. Weather could vary from hot to cold and rain to snow. Have jackets or umbrellas handy.
Children can be hard to spot during the daytime much less at night. Make sure children have reflective costumes and have reflective tape on their trick or treat bag. Wearing glow sticks or illuminated necklaces can also increase visibility. Walk on sidewalks that are well-lit and not in the street.
Areas to go trick or treating
While all children want to get as much candy as possible by traveling to many neighborhoods, the safest route is to stick to known neighborhoods. You’ll be familiar with the homes, walkways, neighbors, and any potential dangers.
One option is to find a local mall or community Halloween event. They will be well lit and adult-supervised. This is a great option for those with very young children.
Houses to stop at
Not everyone celebrates Halloween and people sometimes run out of candy. When trick or treating, only stop at well-lighted houses. If the porch light isn’t on that is a good indication of a non-participating house.
When traveling from house to house, stick to walkways and sidewalks. Do not take shortcuts through lawns and shrubs. Lawns can have hidden obstacles and dangers. Be wary of dogs or dangerous animals.
Once at a home, never go into the home of a stranger. Remind children that rules about strangers still apply at Halloween.
Hours to go trick or treating
While it is fun to go trick-or-treating at night, it is not always the safest option. Those with young children would be best to stick to daylight hours. You’ll find it easier to navigate and tend to their needs.
Older children generally like to go out at later times with their friends or an adult. Before letting them venture out, establish times, rules, and routes to be taken. Have them check-in at pre-arranged times to let you know they are safe.
Street safety rules
Cover safety rules before heading out. Remind them to use sidewalks and to not dart out from between parked cars. They should look both ways before crossing a street. Streets should preferably be crossed at crosswalks. Tell them to walk and not run.
While children may want to go with a group of their friends, children age 10 and under should be accompanied by a parent. Each parent should decide if their child is mature enough to trick-or-treating with an unsupervised group. No child should ever be allowed to go by themselves.
Go in groups
There is always safety in numbers. If a child does not want a parent to accompany them, make sure they go with an age appropriate group. They may also want to go with a group supervised by another parent.
Inspect all candy
Remind all children that no candy can be eaten until it has been carefully inspected at home. Do not accept homemade food or candy with damaged wrappers. Once home, check for original unopened wrappers. Throw away any candy with a damaged wrapper or shows signs of tampering.
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