Trick-or-Treating can be a fun family tradition that you can enjoy together as a family, or with friends and neighbors, every fall. The kids love getting dressed up, running around to the different homes, and collecting lots of delicious treats!
However, this fun experience can also lead to mishaps, or even worse, if not done in a responsible manner. Below are 10 tips for making sure that your next Trick-or-Treat experience is fun AND safe:
- Most important…take your Lil’ Jammerz so and play Halloween songs. Suggestion: Kidz Pop Halloween!
- Children should always go out trick-or-treating accompanied by a responsible adult..
- Plan a safe route so that everyone knows where they are headed, and parents know where their older kids will be at all times
- Remember to look both ways before crossing the street.
- Be careful walking near lit candles or luminaries – and watch the longer dragging costumes.
- Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger, or get into their car.
- If you child’s costume is dark, be sure they carry a flashlight, glow stick, or wear reflective tape to make them more visible to others and cars.
- Only walk up to well lit homes.
- Know your towns Trick-or-Treat curfew.
- Make sure a parent looks at all treats before a child consumes any of the goodies and do not eat treats with opened wrappers, or home made goodies from strangers.
When planning your route, pick a neighborhood that you are familiar with. Look for streets that are well-lit and where the homes are closer together. This will make it easier to keep an eye on your children, and little ones will have the energy to visit more homes.
Try to also visit homes of family and friends. Not only will they be happy to photograph the fun, but they will also enjoy seeing your kids dressed up, and may even have extra special goodies for them as well. But if you are stopping by homes of strangers, just be sure that you are there with your children in order to make sure everyone stays safe and receives appropriate treats.
Consider also searching for trick-or-treating events happening in your area..What parent doesn’t love getting their money’s worth on these costumes, and what kid doesn’t want more goodies?! Sometimes malls, amusement parks, community programs, etc., offer additional opportunities that are indoor, outdoor, themed, or in a variety of other fun ways.