In the midst of scrambling to fine-tune everyone’s Halloween costumes, do take some time to think about trick-or- treating safety. Whether you’ll be begging for candy right alongside your kids, or they are old enough to go out on their own, safety comes first.
If you will be with your children every minute, you can keep an eye on them. But if they are old enough to go off with friends, have a serious talk about some basic do’s and don’ts– i.e., don’t approach a dark house and never enter a neighbor’s home—and lay down rules about how far they can go and when to return home.
Light ‘Em Up
Unless your trick-or- treating happens in daylight, children should wear some kind of light so that drivers can easily spot them. Light-up costumes are readily available online, like Storm Troopers (from HalloweenCostumes.com) and Princesses (from SpiritHalloween.com). There are also cute Halloween sets from Amazon that come with glow sticks and mini flashlights, and a reusable bag featuring fun characters like Minions, Avengers, Ninja Turtles, etc. If you’re buying for several children, Oriental Trading has Mini Halloween Flashlights on a Rope by the dozen. You can also find light-up costume accessories, like a Harry Potter Lantern from Target, or a Star Wars Light Saber from Toys “R” Us.
Keeping in touch with your child by phone while they’re out will give you both some peace of mind, so ask them to call or text periodically. Make sure their phone is charged! If your child or one of their friends does not have a cell phone, hopefully one parent can part with theirs for trick-or- treating. And FYI, most Android and iOS phones have a tracking feature so you can keep an eye on their location. Visit this WikiHow to find out more.
The Big Haul
There’s always a lot of excitement arriving home with a bag full of candy. Before you allow any consumption, inspect for damaged wrappers or any other sign of tampering. If your children have allergies, remove any treats containing potential allergens as well. Children will be clamoring for candy so set some ground rules about how much they can have now and moving forward. If there’s a day when the allotted amount has been gobbled up and they’re still asking for something sweet, treat them to a tasty Tickle Water in place of candy!
Have a happy and safe Halloween!