It’s that time of year again. Trick-or-treaters will be going door to door in their costumes hoping to get their fill of candy throughout the neighborhood. If you were to think back to your days of trick-or-treating, I’m sure you can remember all of the fun and excitement but you probably can’t remember all of the things your parents and neighbors did to keep you safe. We’d like to share a few tips you can use to ensure your kids have a fun and safe night of trick-or-treating.
- Remember there is Safety in Numbers:
Partner with other parents in your neighborhood and allow your children to trick-or-treat as a group. The more adult supervision there can be the better. The adults can help kids travel from house to house safely in an orderly fashion and watch for children who may be straggling behind. While the responsibility to take children treat-or-treating often falls on the older teenage sibling, we recommend adults manage this responsibility as adults can better spot situations which may lead to issues or danger.
- Plan Your Safe Route prior to Trick-or-Treating:
It is important to know the homes and subdivisions you plan to visit during your evening of fun. You may know from experience the neighborhoods which give the best candy, if not, the kids will remind you. Only visit homes and neighborhoods you are familiar with. Choose to visit well-lit areas and designate a safe area in case anyone gets separated from the group.
- Porch Lights = Fun Night:
While most homes in the neighborhood will be welcoming to trick-or-treaters, there will be some who do not want to participate in the festivities. Home owners who are not giving out candy usually leave their porch light turned off and their homes will usually be dark. This is a good sign to skip over this home and go to the next house that is nicely lit. Don’t worry; there will be plenty of houses giving away candy so don’t let the kids get discouraged about the few choosing not to participate.
A little planning along with a strategy for good, safe fun will go a long way towards making your neighborhood a safe place for trick-or-treaters. Following these few safety tips will make your trick-or-treating experience enjoyable for you and your children.