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October 28th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Advice for Safe Trick or Treating

trick-or-treatThe time has come to go Trick-or-Treating! It’s full of fun and treats but it is also important to stay safe.

Safety starts with costumes. If your going out at night make sure to carry flashlights and either have light colored costumes or some reflective tape. Make sure that long material is tucked up so your child’s feet don’t get tangled, causing them to trip. Also, make sure that your little one is in comfortable shoes. Even before you leave, make sure you have considered routes and their length. With kids of any age, sore legs and frustration can set in, leading to tears all the way home. With small ones, a stroller or wagon is especially helpful to make the journey.

Adults should always accompany children under 12 and try to take them out before it is too dark. Approach houses that are well-lit and never go inside strangers’ homes. It’s also important to check the candy before you let them eat anything they have received. Be sure to toss anything that looks like it has been unwrapped.

Before approaching houses, teach your children to look for a porch light that is on. Typically this is a sign that the people inside are waiting with candy. As you walk up be sure to watch for moving and sound-making decorations so your little one doesn’t become frightened. Sometimes the noise can send them into a ¬†tirade.

Last but not least, HAVE FUN! When you sense that your group is ready to call it a night, respect that. A bucket full of candy isn’t worth tired little ones! Have a safe Halloween!!


Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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