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Parents of trick-or-treating kids
can get so caught up in the fun themselves that they might forget some simple safety ideas that could
keep everyone out of trouble. Having a fun and safe
Halloween will make it all worth while!
Kids love Halloween! They get to dress up
and get free candy! What a perfect holiday! Give your kids some precious Halloween
memories that they'll have for life.
take your kids to a sponsored event, like a safe
Halloween thrown by your church or community center,
make sure to keep an eye on them at al times. Even
though it seems less dangerous, you are still in a
strange environment full of people that you don't know.
All it takes is a minute with your back turned to find
your child gone.
Cell phones are everywhere now!
Everyone seems to have one, they can be so affordable. Make sure that your child
has a pre-programmed cell phone with him/her if they go out on Halloween night!
Make sure that all important numbers are already there and ready for use.
Below are more common
sense tips that can help adults keep their kids safe.
As bad as it sounds,
this is just a fact of life now. Get on the
internet and check your local state website for
sex offenders. Almost every state has one, just
do a search for your state sex offender site.
Look up your zip code and it should have a list
of registered offenders in your area that
includes street addresses. Make sure that your
kids stay away from these houses!
Know the route your
kids will be taking if you aren't going with them. Let
them know that they are to check in with you
every hour, by phone or by stopping back at
home. Make sure that they know not to deviate
from the planned route so that you always know
where they will be.
Trick or treating isn't what it used to be.
In most cities it's not safe to let kids walk the
streets by themselves. Your best bet is to
make sure that an adult is going with them. If you can't take them
yourself, see if another parent or two
Help your young child pick
out or make a costume that will be safe. Make sure that it's fire proof
or treated with fire retardant. If they are
wearing a mask of any kind, make sure that the eye holes
enough for good peripheral vision.
Know what other
activities a child may be attending, such as parties, school or mall functions.
If they are going to be at a friends home, get
the phone number and make sure that you've met
Make sure you set a
time that your kids should be home by. Make sure they know how important it is for them to be home
on time or to call immediately if something happens and
they are going to be delayed.
will be kids. Explain to kids of all ages
the difference between tricks and vandalism. Throwing eggs at a house may seem funny
but they need to know the other side of the coin as well,
that clean up and damages can ruin
Halloween for everyone. If they are caught vandalizing, make them clean up the mess they've made.
sick people find Halloween a great night to hurt
cats. Explain to your kids
that animal cruelty of any kind is not acceptable. Kids may
already know this on their own but stress
the point that it's not acceptable behavior. Make sure that they know that harming animals is not only morally
wrong but punishable by law and will not be tolerated.
Serve your kids a filling meal before trick
or treating and they won't be as tempted to eat any candy before they bring it home for you
to check. Check your local grocery store or craft
store for Halloween cook books full of tasty treats on a horror theme for both kids and
Make sure that if
your child is carrying a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife or a pitchfork, that the tips
are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.
Make sure that costumes won't get in the way
when they are walking, which could cause them to
Teach your kids
about not getting into strangers cars or talking to strangers,
no matter what the person says to them. Explain
to them as simply as you can that some adults
are bad and want to hurt children, that they
should never go into a house that they don't
know, get into a car or go anywhere with a
stranger. Also, tell them what to do should this
happen, to scream as loud as they can to draw
attention and to run away as fast as they can to
sure to show your children know how to cross a
street properly. They should always look both
ways before crossing the street and should only
cross at corners or crosswalks. Make sure that
if you have more than one child, they know to
take the hand of the younger child when they
cross a street.
Make Halloween a fun, safe and happy time
for your kids and they'll carry on the tradition that you taught them to their own
families some day!