Halloween is a very exciting time for kids and often very stressful for parents. And in that stressed state you may send your child out Trick-or-Treating without going over all of safety to-do” list items.
- Make sure that your child’s costume fits them as it should. Tuck the bottoms of the pants into the tops of their shoes. If they are wearing a mask, be sure they can both see and breathe easily. Layer your child under their costumes, so that they are warm enough outside. It’s a smart idea to put their pajamas underneath, as you can then just put them to bed once you get home.
- If you have time earlier in the day – drive the route you intend to take while walking. You want to be aware of any road work or other hazards that you might not have known was there, so that you can plan accordingly.
- Each child should have their own light source. It’s best to put a flashing light around their next as well as a handheld source to light the ground in front of them.
- Discuss the route you will take with all of the adults and older kids in your route. You want everyone to know what direction you will be headed for the evening.
- Designate a meet up spot – especially if you will be allowing older children to run ahead.
- If you have small children – make sure that your each adult is specifically responsible for one little one, and knowing what they are dressed up as.
- Decide on a code word for the child to yell if they get separated from you and/or your group. A child yelling “Mommy” or “Daddy” into a crowded street is not likely to help the situation. Try something really random like “Alligator” or “Mathematics”.
- Do not let your child to enter someone’s home alone – for any reason!! Your child should go up to the door with a buddy every time. This includes haunted garages, spooky enclosed porches and decorated backyards.
- Bring along a mini first aid kit – especially band-aids – just in case someone trips and scraps a knee.
Halloween is supposed to be fun evening – so you really don’t want it to end in injury or worse.