Isn’t it ironic that trick or treating basically goes against everything we teach or kids? (Don’t talk to strangers, don’t go up to houses, and don’t play in the street). For those couple of hours they’re trick or treating all kids should have some sort of guidelines. Check out these safety tips:
#1. Have Your Child Wear Bright Colors
Bright colors are a must if you’re going to go trick or treating this year. Make sure your child isn’t wearing all black and drivers can see them as they’re walking. If your child is going to wear all black, in the dark, it’s a good idea to have them wear a bright vest.
#2. Pick a Safe Route
My kids and I hit up the same route every year. It’s important that your family picks out a route that’s safe for you as well. Remember that during October the days get shorter and it can be harder to see. If you’re not sure of where you’re going it can be hard to see in the dark and can make for a dangerous situation.
#3. The Shoes Need to be Comfortable
Trick or treating means spending a couple of hours on your feet. I’ve seen some situations where girls and boys wear shoes based off of their costume. It’s important to make sure every pair of shoes worn for trick or treating is incredibly comfortable. If you’re buying new shoes just for trick or treating, then make sure they are worn a few hours before the big day. You don’t want to walk around for two hours hearing a child cry about their hurting feet.
#4. Make Sure Costumes Aren’t Dragging
There’s nothing worse than tripping on a dress or cape the entire night of trick or treating. It’s important to make sure the costume is short enough so no one is tripping and getting hurt. Trick or treating is about having fun and you can’t do that if you’re falling all of the time.
#5. Consider the Safety of the Actual Costume
When it comes down to safety this Halloween, make sure the costume is as safe as can be. Props should be flexible and not too large to carry around (unless mom and dad want to carry it around the whole night). Consider not wearing huge masks as well. Masks can be more dangerous than they look in terms of obstructing a child’s view.
Just to add to the fun, here’s a fun Halloween Safety Checklist printable that you can print out and take with you when you go trick-or-treating:
Staying safe this Halloween is important. What are some tips you have for others parents taking their children trick or treating?