Before Leaving Home:
- Kick off your Halloween night by making sure your child eats a proper dinner. This will keep energy levels up and avoid crashes from to much candy.
- Before you set off for the evening, it’s always smart to plan your route ahead of time. While it’s safer to trick or treat during daylight hours, if you’re however trick or treating at night, you and your child should carry glow sticks or flashlights to illuminate sideways, steps and paths. If you do opt for flashlights, check and replace batteries.
- Double-check and ask kids if they need to use the restroom one last time before leaving the house.
- Before Halloween kids should try on their costumes to allow time for alterations. Check that costumes are hemmed properly, to insure that they don’t drag on the ground causing kids to trip and fall. Ahead of time, choose a pair of shoes that your child will be comfortable in.
- When purchasing Halloween make-up, check that it is hypoallergenic and non-toxic to avoid bad skin reactions.
Talk to your children about key safety points and rules for them to follow while out trick or treating.
- Safety:Always stay on the sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, then walk on the left side of the road, single file, facing traffic and only cross the street at corners while holding hands.
- Stranger Danger: Children should never go into the home of a stranger or get into a stranger’s car. Also to report any suspicious or criminal activity to an adult or the police.
- Houses: Only visit homes that have their lights on with Halloween decorations. Make sure children stay on paths or driveways and not to trample through grass or flowerbeds.
- Candy: Kids should not eat any candy until it’s brought home and checked by a parent. Any candy without wrappers, loose wrappings, punctured holes or that is homemade should be thrown away.
- Make sure kids are polite and don’t forget their “Thank yous.”